Domestic Waste

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average cost per home was of rubbish bin collections in each local authority in each of the last three years.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Holding answer received on 18 December 2014

In our guidance on weekly rubbish collections published last year, we estimated the annual cost of a local refuse collection service per household to be between £6 and £7 per month. This is a tiny fraction of the average £122 per month council tax paid by a typical Band D household in England.

The best practice guidance outlines how councils can deliver savings to help reduce costs, without compromising on the frequency or level of service. It challenges the myth that fortnightly collections are necessary or desirable to reduce costs:

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