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Walsall residents reject alternate weekly collections

Residents in Walsall have rejected proposed plans for an alternate weekly collection and voted to keep its weekly bin collections, in a public consultation meeting. Walsall Council carried out a major public consultation to establish whether residents would prefer an alternate weekly collection service in a 240-litre wheeled bin or to keep the weekly facility, but with a smaller 140-litre bin and a fortnightly recycling collection. Over 80% of residents who took part in the consultation voted to retain the weekly collection. Cabinet member for environment Councillor Rachel Walker said: Walsall, like other boroughs throughout the UK, has to adhere to tough landfill diversion targets set by the Government or face penalties of millions of pounds. Walsall Council wanted residents to be involved in the decision making process so we asked them to vote on the two options. Many other authorities have changed their waste collections or introduced these fortnightly collections without consulting the public. Subject to Cabinet approval, the new service will start to be implemented in 2008. More than 7,000 households were asked to take part in the consultation survey and estimated figures reveal that the introduction of the 140-litre bins will help the council to achieve the new targets by drastically increasing recycling. Walker added: This issue is one of the most significant challenges faced by the council at present, and there are no easy solutions to tackling the waste mountain. We understand that people are passionate about bin collections and because of this we knew it was important to ask the residents to help us make this difficult decision. I welcome the results of the consultation and the councils strategy of listening to people. It really does make a difference. COMMENT: What is happening in your town? Posted by Liz Gyekye, 20/09/07

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