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Minister reignites fortnightly collections row

Local government minister Brandon Lewis has accused ‘town hall jobsworths’ of being ‘blindly obsessed’ with fortnightly bin collections, in the latest round of the highly charged debate.

Responding to a parliamentary question about figures for weekly collections in England, Lewis listed a raft of changes the Government had made, without which, he said, weekly collections would have disappeared by next year.

He said the government had “stopped the rot” and urged more to be done to support weekly bin collections, which now happened for 14 million households in England.

“Many town hall jobsworths, over-zealous NGOs and vested interests in the waste industry remain blindly obsessed with restricting bin collections as a perverse policy goal in itself, and this is reflected in the figures (…),” said Lewis.

He added: “Bin collections are not viewed as a public service, but as a policy tool to deliver other arbitrary policy goals.”

Lewis also called for consideration of a minimum service standard, as required under the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003. He said the government was open to representations of how to support frequent and comprehensive rubbish and recycling services.

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