Fewer than one in ten people support a return to weekly waste collections, according to a new survey carried out by pollsters ICM.
Waste firm May Gurney, which commissioned the research, said the findings clearly contradicted claims by communities secretary Eric Pickles that “most people” support weekly collections.
The poll of over 2,000 adults found:
- 9% support weekly waste collections
- 35% would prefer a collection that allows them to recycle all waste in separate boxes which are collected on alternate weeks
- 31% support a collection that takes all waste and incinerates it to generate energy
- 25% would prefer food waste collections plus fortnightly collections for “non-smelly” recyclable and residual waste
John Wilkinson, managing director of public sector services at May Gurney said: “Our research clearly shows that Britons would not be happy going back to a weekly waste collection service.
“We need to listen to what the public want and build a system that works comfortably for them and for the good of the environment.”
“However, the majority of people polled by May Gurney say they would welcome having weekly food waste collections as part of their household waste services, with 69% of people supporting this.
“Weekly collection of food waste is most popular among younger people with 72% of 18-24 year-olds saying that it is a good idea.
“To my mind introducing weekly food waste collections is a far more positive step than trying to wind the clock back to reinstate traditional refuse collections.”
ICM polled 2,038 British adults aged 18+ using an online methodology. The research was conducted between 16th-17th May.