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Private bin collection alternates with council

A North Yorkshire couple have set up a private bin collection service in answer to their councils alternate week collection (AWC).

Unhappy with the service and forced to make extra trips to the tip with their own rubbish, Chris and Kate Whyatt from Brompton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire, said the private collections were started to solve an environmental problem theyd had themselves.

They set up Bin and Gone and bought a second hand rubbish lorry to collect rubbish on the weeks that the council does not. Customers pay £90 a year for the service. Rubbish collected by the firm will be dumped at Yorwaste's Tancred site in Brompton-on-Swale.

Speaking to a BBC journalist, Whyatt said: People with big families have too much rubbish and fortnightly collection isnt sufficient, even if they recycle. So, private collection is needed.

When asked if he was making it easier for people not to recycle, Whyatt said: I dont think Im adding to the problem. I dont think those people would recycle if I existed or not.

A spokesperson for the local council said they would not scrap AWC because since its implementation they had seen recycling rates increase.

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