Last week my colleague Cllr Louise Flowith issued a statement in response to the announcement that the government will be making £250 million available to support councils to relaunch/introduce weekly bin collections.
I was also interviewed on Radio WM with Paul Franks on the drive time slot – have a listen (it will probably be online for about 5 days)!
Loads of people have already been commenting on our website about our current collections and what they think about the announcement - take a look at our news blog to see what they’ve been saying.
Here’s what my colleague Cllr Louise Flowith, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said last week: “We have an award winning recycling service and our residents regularly tell us how much they like it.
“We visit local homes every week to empty bins, and collect different types of waste each week – recycling one week and general waste the next.
“Emptying both types of waste each week would see our lorries travelling twice the distance and our crews doing twice the amount of work. We’d also use twice as much petrol and cause twice as much damage to the environment, only to generally empty half full bins.
“We’ll read the government’s proposals with interest. However, at a time when the country is trying to save money and cut our carbon footprint, at first glance the proposals seem at odds with this.
“My initial thoughts are that, whilst the proposals may be appropriate for some areas such as inner cities, they may not be for appropriate for everywhere.”