COUNCILS in the Dispatch district have reacted with concern over a surprise £250 million package to encourage the reinstatement of weekly wheelie-bin collections.
In announcing the scheme, the government’s communities secretary, Eric Pickles (Con), said it was a “basic right” for rubbish to be taken away weekly.
But Ashfield District Council, which is responsible for Hucknall, and Gedling Borough Council, which governs the Dispatch district villages of Linby, Papplewick, Newstead and Bestwood Village, say they fear the proposal could lead to a dip in the amount of waste households recycle.
Although controversial, fortnightly collections have been running locally for several years. Recyclable rubbish is collected one week and waste destined for landfill the following week.
When the initial switch to fortnightly collections for household rubbish was made, the Dispatch was inundated with complaints, Many residents even said it led to maggot infestations during the warm summer months as rubbish sat in plastic bins for two weeks.
However most residents in Hucknall are happy with the current arrangements.
On Mr Pickles’s announcement, Edd de Coverly, head of neighbourhood services at Ashfield Council, said: “At this stage, it is not clear how the funding announced by government will be allocated and on what basis. But we have no plans to reintroduce weekly collections
“Obviously we will give due consideration to the details when they are published, but any proposal for one-off funding would not overcome the increase in ongoing costs if weekly collections were introduced.
“It may also have a detrimental affect on recycling, which residents of Ashfield have embraced so well.”
Gedling Council reverted to weekly collections throughout the summer for four years. But these were scrapped this year by the new ruling Labour administration.
Deputy leader, Coun Michael Payne (Lab), said: “We will await the full detail of the Secretary of State’s proposal on weekly bin-collections before making a decision. We would highlight that recycling rates fell between 1.5% and 2% each year during the weekly summer bin-collections.”
A spokesman for Nottingham City Council, which is responsible for Bulwell, said: “We would want to look at the proposals in more detail before considering a move which could cost taxpayers more money, at a time when there is no spare money.”
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