Homes to get seven bins each in plans for England-wide rubbish reform

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Every home in England could get seven bins each in a Government plan to standardise waste collection across the country.

The Government wants rubbish collection to be the same for every home in a bid to boost recycling under the Environment Bill, with new rules in place as early as 2023, reports The Mirror.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN), which represents 183 councils in England, claims the plans could see households need four separate bins for dry recyclables – glass, metal, plastic, paper and card – as well as waste collectables for garden waste, food waste and non-recyclables.

The extra collection vehicles could also cause congestion on the road, as well as costing £680million every year, says the DCN.

Dan Humphreys, DCN’s lead member for enhancing quality of life, 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.”

“It is also wrong that those without gardens are contributing towards the costs of garden waste collections for those who do.”

A spokesperson from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said: “We are going further and faster to recycle more of our waste to protect the environment – less than 10% of household waste is now going to landfill and the amount of food waste being recycled is up by over 40% since 2015.

“But we must do more, and through our major reforms of kerbside collections we will boost recycling levels and step up our war on plastic pollution – while our proposed weekly food waste collections will maximise recycling and stop the build-up of smelly waste around homes.”



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