Cash will fund weekly bin collections
18:18 22 November 2012
Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011
Great Yarmouth has been awarded more than £600,000 by the government to support weekly bin collections for 7,000 homes in the area.
The handout is part of local government secretary Eric Pickles’ £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme.
Yesterday, he announced 90 projects, from 85 local authority areas serving six million people, to benefit from the pot of cash.
Ministers are concerned that without the fund weekly bin collections could have all but disappeared by 2015.
Mr Pickles said: “Every Englishman has a basic right to have their household rubbish taken away each and every week – it is the most visible council service people get. Yet under the previous administration weekly bin collections halved while their council tax bills doubled.
“Over six million families will breathe a sigh of relief tonight because we have put a stop to the fetid fortnightly rot and saved many weekly collections from extinction, all while increasing recycling rates by hundreds of thousands of tonnes to boot.”
Great Yarmouth Borough Council will receive a total of £675,625 which will help it support a weekly refuse collection for 7,000 homes.
The fund was set up in February to support comprehensive and cost effective weekly collections that harness innovation, use new technology and spread reward schemes to increase recycling.