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Renewed Pickles action against weekly bin collections

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has stepped up his campaign for weekly household collections by issuing guidance to local authorities on frequency.

Pickles claims the document – published on Boxing Day – “demolishes the ‘top 10 tall stories’ that ‘bin barons’ have used as excuses to cut the frequency of rubbish collection services”.

The report is being sent to every local authority in England and Pickles wants to counter moves in Wales and Scotland for extensions to monthly collections.

He lists so-called myths employed by those not supporting weekly bin collections - and the ministerial riposte:

  • fortnightly collections boost recycling – “numerous councils have managed to recycle over half of all rubbish while maintaining weekly collections”
  • people don’t want their bins collected every week – “surveys from councils have actually shown over 95% of residents agree with keeping weekly collections. Councils should listen to their residents”
  • fortnightly collections will save taxpayers’ money – “Innovative solutions mean councils can protect weekly collections at little or no extra cost”
  • only fortnightly collections can make residents recycle – “reward schemes like Windsor and Maidenhead’s are dramatically increasing recycling”
  • weekly rubbish collections need to be scrapped to meet European Union regulations - “government continues to support weekly rubbish collections”

Pickles said: “This government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies which made families’ lives hell. Rubbish collections are the most visible service that people get for their £120 a month Council Tax bill. People deserve a comprehensive weekly service in return for their taxes.”

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