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LGA: recycling rockets when councils introduce AWC

Analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found that recycling rates rocket by 30% when councils introduce alternate weekly collections (AWC).

The study, which was taken from the most recent figures on local authority recycling rates, shows that on average 30% of household waste is recycled or composted in councils with an AWC scheme.

Its research has found that all ten councils with the highest recycling rates in the country have adopted AWCs.

LGA chairman Sandy Bruce Lockhart said: Councils are using many different techniques to make sure that as much rubbish is recycled to help the environment and keep council tax down. It is up to each council, with their local residents, to decide which sort of approach is sued to ensure that local residents help do their bit for the environment and keep council tax as low as possible.

With landfill taxes set to rise dramatically in the coming five years, there will be more pressure on councils to cut the amount of rubbish that gets thrown into landfill. The National Audit Office has estimated that unless landfills rates drop dramatically in the coming years, then councils, and the taxpayer will have to pay fines of £200 million.

On the day before the research was released, the Daily Mail began a campaign against AWC saying that it led to an increase in rats and vermin as well as strong smells from rotting waste in the summer months.

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