Sunderland homes could see weekly bin collections return under new proposals

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 18, 2019

Spending on waste collection by local authorities fell from £1bn in 2010-11 to £888m in 2017-18 after accounting for inflation.

The proposals for free council-run garden waste collections could save households around £120m per year in paid for green waste collection subscriptions.

Councils in England will be forced to pick up food waste weekly and not charge extra for garden waste collections to avoid rotting waste becoming smelly and maggot infested.

The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months.

"We will be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it".

Government will seek views on two options for how a deposit return scheme might work for cans and glass or plastic bottles, it added.

Under an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system, the industry will pay higher fees if its packaging is harder to reuse or recycle.

"This could drive up the recycling of an estimated three billion plastic bottles which are now incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute streets, countryside and the marine environment", the ministry said.

Only 45.7 per cent of household waste in the United Kingdom was recycled in 2017, according to official figures released last week.

In Germany and the Netherlands, the introduction of a network of reverse vending machines - dispensing cash in return for empty bottles and cans - led to recycling rates of 98% and 95%, respectively.

About 10 per cent of the cost of dealing with packaging waste comes from its manufacturers at the moment. The Government hopes the new tax will not only greatly increase this figure but also encourage them to use less material and opt for sustainable choices.

The changes are a central plank of the government's upcoming environment bill, which will be introduced early in the second session of parliament after Easter.

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