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Pickles: Taxpayers deserve weekly bin collections

Eric Pickles says people deserve a weekly bin collections service in return for their taxes.He said: "This Government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies which made families' lives hell.

Communities Minister Eric Pickles. Credit: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

"Rubbish collections are the most visible service that people get for their £120 a month council tax bill. People deserve a comprehensive weekly service in return for their taxes.

"We have exposed 10 false fictions from fortnightly bin barons they cling to as excuses for cutting services. If councils adopt this new guide as their 'bin bible', they will be able to save taxpayers' money and still increase the frequency and quality of rubbish and recycling collections."

"Across Britain, there is a clear choice on offer," he added.

"The Government in England is standing up for weekly collections; by contrast, the administrations in Wales and Scotland are moving towards monthly collections."

Pickles urges councils to resume weekly bin collections

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has published a 'bin bible' in a bid to encourage councils scrap "barmy" fortnightly bin collections.

The new guidance for local authorities exposes the claims made by "bin barons" to justify making cuts to services in England, the Conservative Cabinet Minister said.

Eric Pickles maintains recycling rates can be improved alongside weekly bin collections. Credit: Press Association

Mr Pickles has made weekly bin collections one of his top priorities for local government but critics have branded him a "philistine", claiming he has put money for bins ahead of funding for libraries and museums.

The brochure says it is a "clear myth" that councils cannot improve recycling rates without introducing fortnightly collections, setting out how a number of authorities have managed to recycle over half of all rubbish while maintaining weekly pick-ups.

It also dismisses suggestions that the only way to save money is to extend collection times, insisting that "innovative solutions" mean councils can protect weekly collections at little or no extra cost.