Fortnightly Council Rubbish Collection - Hope on the Horizon

Top Quote Independent Domestic Waste management company Waste Concern give their reaction to reports by the Telegraph that councils are continuing to roll out a new fortnightly waste collection scheme. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 04, 2011 - Independent household waste collection company Waste Concern responded to reports by the Telegraph that half a million UK homes have now lost their weekly rubbish collection. The newspaper also claims that within one year, more homes will end up with a fortnightly council refuse collection than a weekly interval.

    The Telegraph point to figures from 237 of the UK's 380 councils, about how they provided rubbish collection services since the last general election. According to the Telegraph, 506,000 homes have now changed to refuse collection only every other week. The number of homes without a weekly collection was estimated at a minimum of 6.9 million. Furthermore, the newspaper claims ten more councils are planning to follow suit. The team at Waste Collection explained their solution:

    "We were founded in direct response to the growing problem of what to do with household waste in between fortnightly collections. It's been estimated that half the councils in England, Wales and Scotland have now dropped to the fortnightly system. We believe we offer a great value for money service benefitting the whole community. We quickly and reliably remove unsightly and unsanitary rubbish whenever our customers ask us to. It's very easy to obtain one of our distinctive green logo wheelie bins and have us take away rubbish at times that suit you. You don't have to commit to a set number of collections; you can choose as many or as little as you like. For larger households, we even have a convenient 1100 litre 'super capacity' bin."

    Some councils have adopted a policy of collecting recycling one week and ordinary household waste the next. Councils appear under pressure to make savings in the current economic climate and encourage recycling to meet impending EU targets. The Telegraph estimated a return to weekly collections could cost as much as 121 million. It also claimed the recent cold snaps saw households with fortnightly rubbish collections seriously affected. Some locations apparently endured rubbish waiting for collection for up to a month. The team gave their response:

    "Although we cannot comment specifically about what might have happened with individual refuse collection services during the snow, problems caused by weather are something we could help with. As a private company, we are able to offer a level of flexibility and convenience that is not available with councils. For example, if a road is blocked at one time and open at another, we have a huge flexibility in when we can collect. There are also times we all produce extra household waste - times like redecorating, gardening, family parties and so on. We can be there exactly when people need the extra help. Everything we collect is still separated into recycling and 'ordinary' waste as we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. You just put everything into one of our wheelie bins and we do the rest for you".

    Anyone needing more rubbish collection times than their council can offer can now use Waste Concern's services, including on demand collections. For immediate courteous attention, call the team today on 0845 055 9665 or send an email to:info ( @ ) wasteconcern dot com dot

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