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Weekly rubbish collections do not deter householders from recycling, says Gedling Borough Council

A Nottinghamshire-based council is switching from alternate weekly rubbish collections to weekly collections during the summer months as it found that weekly collections did not deter householders from recycling. Gedling Borough Council in Nottinghamshire replaced its fortnightly household waste collection to a weekly refuse collection during a trial period last summer, after residents complained that their bins had become smelly and infested with maggots during the warmer months. Portfolio holder for direct services and property Richard Nicholson said: I think it is a significant move forward for the council and our residents to continue the weekly bin service over the summer months. Following our consultation with residents, they informed us they were keen to continue to receive this service, I am delighted we are able to do this. It is part of our healthy, green, safe and clean campaign, which is a deal where we will help with rubbish collection if people maintain their recycling efforts. Councillors had expected the recycling levels to fall when they introduced the weekly service but the council still managed to collect an average of 100 tonnes of waste each week from residents. The council expects to reach a recycling and composting rate of 35%, on a par with 2006 figures.

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