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Missed bins rise as spending falls

Missed bin collection complaints have increased by one-third since 2014, research by the BBC has found.

Figures analysed by BBC News showed councils fielded more than 1.8 million complaints last year about waste not being collected, an average of 4,500 a day and one-third more than in 2014.

The BBC said real-term local authority spending on waste collection had fallen to £888m in 2017-18 from £1bn in 2010-11.

Its researchers sent Freedom of Information requests to 391 local authorities responsible for waste collection across the UK, of which 336 responded.

But the Local Government Association (LGA) said almost all bin collections were carried out without any complaint.

Martin Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council and LGA environment spokesman, said: “Councils carry out around 821 million waste collections from households a year – not including recycling collections – and these figures actually show that 99.8% of bin collections were completed without complaint.”

He said that from 2010-20, councils will have lost almost 60p out of every £1 the Government had provided them and in England face an overall funding gap of £8bn by 2025.

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