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Waste Disposal

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Conservative, Romsey and Southampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on any relationship between rates of recycling and the frequency of bin collections.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

We believe the public have a reasonable expectation that their household waste collections should be weekly, particularly for smelly waste. My Department does not hold centrally the frequency data requested. However, we will be working with the Waste and Resources Action Programme to monitor levels of service, and my Department is examining how we can increase the frequency and cost-efficiency of waste collections.

We want to make it easier to recycle, including by encouraging incentive schemes like Recyclebank, and to tackle measures which encouraged councils to cut the scope of collections. That is why we have already ditched the last Government's policy of imposing fortnightly collections.

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