People will recycle when given options
COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles has made his views on bin collections crystal clear.
The minister in charge of local government wants councils to stick to weekly collections and dump any idea of switching to fortnightly rounds instead.
He has even offered extra funding to local authorities currently operating a two-week collection cycle in a bid to change their minds.
So far, however, he has had few takers.
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It seems the politician who likes to portray himself as being on the side of the ordinary bloke in the street might have misjudged the public mood on this particular issue.
For the overwhelming evidence suggests that if you give people the right tools to recycle their household rubbish they will do just that.
And the more waste people recycle, the less non-recyclable items end up in their main bin.
The logical step from there is to reduce the frequency of collection rates where it can be shown than fortnightly rounds are a more efficient way of removing rubbish.
Already 10,000 homes in the East Riding have switched to fortnightly collections with little fuss or complaint.
The issue is currently under review in Hull, where pilot schemes in certain areas should be worth looking at.
Just don't tell Mr Pickles.