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As regular readers of Cleanzine can imagine, I was horrified to learn that the UK Government is to invest £250 million over the next two and a half years, into a scheme that will encourage local authorities to re-establish weekly collections of our general household rubbish.
More than half of all councils have switched to fortnightly collections in recent years, affecting more than 18million people. I have applauded this move, believing that it would force people to recycle more - a fact that has been proven dramatically in many cases.
John, on the other hand, has hated it. While my council has provided what has become an excellent doorstep recycling collection service, his has fallen short. This has meant that either he has to waste time and pollute the environment by taking to the dump the recyclables that aren't collected, or risk his waste bin being so full at the end of the fortnight that his council refuses to collect it (although to be fair this hasn't happened to date).
If John's experience is the norm, rather than unusual, I'm not surprised that so many householders deplore fortnightly collections. But going back to weekly collections isn't the answer (and what will our masters in the European Commission say?). We don't have the money to pay for the service and nor do we have the space in landfill to put all the recyclables that will end up in the general waste as a result.
13th October 2011