Waste collection plans to cost £680m a year, councils warn

By Laura Sharman | 11 June 2021

Government plans to standardise kerbside waste collections will cost £680m a year, district councils have warned today.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) said the proposals would create ‘chaos and confusion’ as households could need as many as seven bins each.

DCN said there would be four separate bins for dry recyclables, as well as bins for garden waste, food waste and non-recyclables.

Council leaders also said the reforms would increase the number of collection vehicles on the roads.

DCN’s lead member for enhancing quality of life, Cllr Dan Humphreys, said: ‘These proposals are poorly thought out, and will create costly chaos and confusion up and down the country.

'Rather than standardise waste collections, local communities should be able to decide what works best for them.

'What works for residents in villages and rural areas won’t work for people living in flats in a busy town or city.’

Earlier this month, chief executives urged the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to identify and fund all additional costs.

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