Over 180 bids to improve or reinstate weekly rubbish collections

Published on Monday, 02 April 2012 16:15
Posted by Scott Buckler

A groundswell of councils want to take up the Government's £250 million offer to support better, more frequent, more environmentally friendly bin collections for residents, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles revealed today

Over 180 potential bids have been sent in, surpassing expectations. Nearly two-thirds came from authorities that want to retain or reinstate weekly collections to offer more comprehensive collections of residual waste and recycling for their residents.

A number of bids are proposing to use the funding to invest in new infrastructure or technology to improve services or increase recycling. Others focus on better services like tackling 'bin blight' by reducing bin numbers or tailoring collections for specific neighbourhoods.

Ministers believe waste services have become too complex. In the past, councils had been actively encouraged to make cuts to services instead of improving value for money through better procurement, technology and incentives. In February 2012, the Government launched a new fund of up to £250 million Weekly Collection Support Scheme to help councils retain or reinstate weekly waste and recycling services.

The fund will also promote innovation, better procurement and joint working across local authorities supporting initiatives to increase recycling and deliver weekly collections. This will deliver benefits to the environment and taxpayers.

Government will now be working with councils to make sure quality outline bids are submitted by the May deadline. The scoring system will reward bids that support comprehensive weekly rubbish and recycling collections.

Mr Pickles said:

    "Rubbish collections are the most visible service that people get for their £120 a month council tax bill. The public are fed up of all the bin do's and bin don'ts - now our fund will mean councils can sort out their service and offer a high quality weekly collection or invest in ways to improve recycling through incentives and new technology.

"I'm pleased to see so many councils come forward to stop the rot. This shows councils recognise more can be done to increase the sustainability, frequency and the quality of rubbish collections people get in return for their council tax."

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