MORE than three-quarters of councils now collect non-recyclable waste once a fortnight due to funding cuts, according to a survey published today.
The findings by the Press Association show that 248 out of 326 local authorities in England run fortnightly general rubbish rounds for some or all households. Some have gone further. Wigan Council switched to collections of non-recyclable rubbish once every three weeks in September.
Director of economy and environment Karl Battersby said the move would help increase recycling and save £2 million a year for the cuts-hit council.
“If the borough doesn’t hit its recycling target of 50 per cent by 2020 it could be fined, which may result in cuts to other services,” he said.
Bin collections have proved controversial in the past, with Tory ministers insisting it was a “basic right” to have rubbish collected every week and providing £250m during the coalition years to maintain weekly rounds.