Weekly bin collections could reduce recycling rate

Published on Thursday, 30 September 2010 16:16
Posted by Scott Buckler

More than one million tonnes of extra waste could be sent to landfill if the government votes to re-introduce weekly rubbish collections, a new report has shown


published figures based on those obtained by the government's quango Wrap.

It found that recycling could drop by an average of 30-46kg per household each year if consumers are given the opportunity to have more regular waste collections, the Guardian reported.

However, the UK must reach a European target to recycle 50 per cent of its household waste by 2020.

Currently, nearly half (48 per cent) of English councils run fortnightly collections and increasing this could cost £530 million over the next four years.

Julian Kirby, Friends of the Earth's waste campaigner, told the news source: "High [levels of] recycling saves cash and resources while creating many, many more jobs than landfill or incineration."

Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Caroline Spelman announced earlier this year that a waste review will be conducted to re-examine the issue.

Source: ©EST

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