Majority of councils collect household rubbish fortnightly

A new survey has shown that 76 per cent of councils in England with responsibility for waste collections run fortnightly general rubbish rounds for some or all households.

The Press Association survey also showed that six local authorities are collecting residual household waste only once every three weeks, showing the impact of cuts to services.

Councils are expected to boost recycling rates to 50 per cent by 2020, but separate figures suggest that annual household recycling rates across England fell last year. Some councils alternate picking up household rubbish one week with recycling collections the next, while others collect recycling weekly.

A number of councils in Greater Manchester, including Wigan, Salford, Rochdale, Oldham and Bury, have collections of residual rubbish once every three weeks. East Devon Council has the same frequency of collection and claims that there has been a 10 per cent increase in recycling rates over the past 12 months.

The Local Government Association said that, while there was no ‘one size fits all’ solution to collecting refuse, the majority of people remain happy with bin collections, regardless of the frequency with which they were picked up.

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