WARNING ABOUT GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS TO STANDARDISE WASTE COLLECTION
On Friday 11 June 2021, Levi Winchester and Rachel Lee (Digital Content Editor) reported in the Nottingham Post that there are fears a government scheme to standardise waste collection across the country could mean households needing up to seven bins, with warnings that the proposals are 'poorly thought out' and could result in chaos for households.
Huge changes to rubbish collections mean homes could have up to 7 bins each
'These proposals will create costly chaos up and down the country'
Homes up and down the country may need up to seven bins in their garden as part of plans to standardise rubbish collection.
A government scheme to bring waste collection in-line so it is the same across the country looks set to come in by 2023/24 as part of the Environment Bill.
It could mean households needing four separate bins for dry recyclables – glass, metal, plastic, paper and card – as well as waste collectables for garden waste, food waste and non-recyclables.
But the District Councils’ Network (DCN), a body that represents 183 councils in England, has warned this could be chaotic for some families with people possibly needing more bins than ever before.
The DCN has slammed the proposals as “poorly thought out” and said some families may not have the space for the extra bins.
The extra collection vehicles could also cause congestion on the road, as well as costing an eye-watering £680million every year, says the DCN.
The group is calling for local councils and communities to be able to decide how they want their waste collected.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will order councils to pick up food waste, glass and recyclables weekly by 2023 – with fears there could be a knock-on effect of delaying collection of 15.5 million tonnes of ordinary rubbish a year.
Cllr Dan Humphreys, DCN’s lead member for enhancing quality of life, told Mirror Online: “These proposals are poorly thought out and will create costly chaos and confusion up and down the country.
“Rather than standardise waste collections, local communities should be able to decide what works best for them.
“What works for residents in villages and rural areas won’t work for people living in flats in a busy town or city.”
“It is also wrong that those without gardens are contributing towards the costs of garden waste collections for those who do.”
A spokesperson from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said: "We are going further and faster to recycle more of our waste to protect the environment - less than 10% of household waste is now going to landfill and the amount of food waste being recycled is up by over 40% since 2015.
“But we must do more, and through our major reforms of kerbside collections we will boost recycling levels and step up our war on plastic pollution – while our proposed weekly food waste collections will maximise recycling and stop the build-up of smelly waste around homes.”