Weekly bin rounds could return after £250m pledge

Peter Dale, strategic director for development, Doncaster Council.
Peter Dale, strategic director for development, Doncaster Council.

Doncaster residents could have their household bins emptied every week after the Government pledged £250 million to help councils increase rounds.

Environmental chiefs from Doncaster Council have not rubbished a return to weekly collections - but remain cautious over the plans.

The authority has faced criticism from homeowners for failing to ensure rubbish rounds run on time since the controversial introduction of fortnightly collections. The council has previously held back almost £50,000 from contractors Sita because of non-collections.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles, who previously dubbed the two week policy “barmy”, insists weekly household waste collections will improve the environment. Ministers believe more frequent collections are likely to discourage fly-tipping and littering, as well as reducing problems with vermin and pests.

Mr Pickles said: “Weekly rubbish collections are the most visible of all front-line services.

“I believe every household in England has a basic right to have their rubbish collected every week.

“Our fund will help councils deliver weekly collections and in the process make it easier for families to go green and improve the local environment.”

The Government’s new Weekly Collections Support Scheme will allow councils to invest in projects that will benefit the environment.

Authorities will be invited to submit innovative bids for funding in the coming months.

But the council, which is committed to a contract with Sita until 2015, said it would need to analyse Mr Pickles’ move before making a firm decision.

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council’s director of environment, said: “We would need to consider how we could vary the terms of the contract to allow more collections and how much more that would cost. We would also need to assess the impact that moving back to weekly waste collections might have on our current and future waste treatment and disposal contracts.”

The Free Press launched its ‘Green Not Mean’ campaign supporting recycling across the borough but calling for a re-think on the controversial fortnightly wheelie bin collection system.