First cut as a way to try and encourage more recycling collections of weekly household rubbish will be offered to councils for close to £100m. Environmental campaigners are expected to be infuriated with the idea but the move follows many complaints the collections fortnightly have increased the amount of fly-tipping and concerns of hygiene and vermin.
The scheme is expected to be published in a review of waste disposal by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The plan mirrors another that was introduced this year encouraging council taxes to be frozen by local authorities. The important thing is that correct policies are in place to help all business and communities reduce their waste and to maximize the recovery of materials by recycling.
Councils have been urged for quite some time about abandoning fortnightly collection of refuse despite reports by some it would lead to over 1 million more tones of material that could be recycled being sent to landfill every year, thus jeopardizing the UK’s ability to meet environmental EU targets.
Fortnightly black bag rubbish collections are done by more than 170 English councils and there is evidence that shows collections that are less frequent encourage people to recycle additional items in order to avoid their bins from becoming over filled. Defra’s Wrap, their waste quango via analysis said that weekly collections would cause the amount of plastic, cans and paper to be reduced by up to 30 to 45kg per household per year.
But a local government secretary warned the councils that collecting fortnightly would risk the creation of an army of upset middle England if something is not given back in return for the council taxes that are paid. The most visible service for what they pay in taxes is rubbish collection he said.