Pickles’ “Bin Bible” Aims To Destroy “Lazy Left-Wing” Fortnightly Collections

06-01-14(3)picEric Pickles has (6 Jan) published its guidance on weekly bin collections, which states that it aims to encourage councils in England to support weekly services. 

The guidance, dubbed the “Bin Bible”, was first published last week in what the DCLG has said was a mistake. The premature release of the document caused a number questions from the waste and resources industry, with CIWM calling for clarification.

Accompanying the publishing blunder of the document last week, in an interview with The Telegraph, Eric Pickles said that the guidance aims to destroy “the lazy left-wing myth that fortnightly bin collections are needed to save money or increase recycling”.

The DCLG said it also demolishes the “top 10 tall stories” that “bin barons” have used as excuses to cut the frequency of rubbish collection services.

The report is being sent to every local authority in England, and is a direct challenge of the fortnightly bin industry, according to the DCLG.

Eric Pickles, DCLG – “We have exposed 10 false fictions fortnightly bin barons cling to as excuses for cutting services. If councils adopt this new guide as their ‘bin bible’, they will be able to save taxpayers’ money and still increase the frequency and quality of rubbish and recycling collections”

This is in strong contrast to the devolved administration in Wales, which is now moving towards monthly bin collections, according to the DCLG.

The “bin myths”, which Pickles says the report destroys, include:

  • move to fortnightly collections is the only way to improve recycling rates – in fact numerous councils have managed to recycle over half of all rubbish while maintaining weekly collections
  • people don’t want their bins collected every week – surveys from councils have actually shown over 95 percent of residents agree with keeping weekly collections. Councils should listen to their residents
  • fortnightly collections will save taxpayers’ money – it is a myth that this is the only way to save money. Innovative solutions can mean councils can protect weekly collections at little or no extra cost.

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said: This government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies which made families’ lives hell.

Rubbish collections are the most visible service that people get for their £120 a month Council Tax bill. People deserve a comprehensive weekly service in return for their taxes.

“We have exposed 10 false fictions fortnightly bin barons cling to as excuses for cutting services. If councils adopt this new guide as their ‘bin bible’, they will be able to save taxpayers’ money and still increase the frequency and quality of rubbish and recycling collections.

“Across Britain there is a clear choice on offer. The government in England is standing up for weekly collections; by contrast, the administrations in Wales and Scotland are moving towards monthly collections.

“A number of local authorities in England are already showing that innovative approaches can deliver quality services to their residents.”

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