No plans to re-introduce weekly collections

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DONCASTER Council has rubbished suggestions that it is to return to weekly bin collections, despite Government pressure.

Local Government secretary Eric Pickles, who dubbed the two-week policy “barmy”, is reported to have ordered new guidance for local authorities, urging them to ditch the policy following major disruption to collections caused by bad weather and Christmas holidays.

But Peter Dale, the council’s director of environment, said: “At this stage we are continuing with alternate week black bin collections.

“We are pleased to report that we didn’t experience any major problems with collections over the festive period unlike other parts of the country.”

Nearly half of local authorities operate a fortnightly collection.

The Government cannot force councils to return to weekly collections but it wants to put them under pressure from their electorate to do so.

Government guidance is being drafted on how councils can move back to weekly bin collections without committing extra funds.