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One of our region's councils could be the first in the country to collect household rubbish bins every three weeks.
Officials in Bury hope the controversial switch from fortnightly collections will increase recycling rates and save money on landfill.
But as Victoria Grimes reports the proposal hasn't gone down well with some residents.
Minister for Local Government Brandon Lewis said:
"The Labour Party have a clear political agenda of moving to monthly bin collections.
The Labour-run Welsh Government is doing it in Wales, and now Labour councils are following in England.
It will harm the environment by fuelling fly-tipping, and rips off taxpayers by cutting the services they pay for in council tax.
This strengthens the case for changing the law to protect local services from such Labour cuts"
Bury council will become the first in the country to collect household rubbish bins once every 3 weeks. Bosses say it will save £800K and hope the move will increase recycling rates and save money on expensive landfill and treatment costs.
The change applies to grey bins only and will start in October subject to approval.
The council, which is facing budget cuts of £32m over the next two years, said a fortnightly collection of communal grey bins at flat complexes would remain and large families and those with ‘special circumstances’ can apply for an extra bin.