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Met council considers alternate-week collections

Another local authority could be set to shift to alternate-week refuse and recyclable collections - against ministers’ wishes.

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet will next week decide on proposals to introduce alternate-week collections from autumn 2012.

Council officers have recommended that the council collect black bins one week and food and garden waste the next.

Councillor Kevin Anderson (Labour), cabinet member for environment and communities, explains: “We are striving to find the right balance between meeting householders’ needs, improving recycling performance and providing value for money. 

“The proposals make financial sense. It’s much cheaper to recycle and treat waste than to send it to landfill, and adopting modern practices would avoid costs of up to £14m by 2020.”

He added: “The proposals also make environmental sense. Sending less waste to landfill means fewer problems down the line for our children; natural habitats protected not polluted; fewer greenhouse gases; and even more waste recycled into new products.”

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has been vocal about his desire for weekly refuse collections.

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