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Councils Say ‘NO’ to Weekly Collections.

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Article by Ben Jackson and Kevin Schofield from The Sun Online

Half the councils in England will continue to defy the Government by refusing to go back to weekly collections.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman will announce next month that residents will no longer be penalised by the “rubbish police” for minor recycling mistakes.

Only serious fly-tipping cases will still be prosecuted. New figures show the number of bin penalties imposed soared by 75 per cent. Nearly 5,000 fines were issued for using wrong rubbish sacks or overfilling wheelie bins.

The fixed penalties raised more than £215,000 for councils.

The Coalition promised to scrap the system last year. Ministers have also warned councils in England not to impose “backdoor” charges for collections.

Local authorities are being reminded that they are not allowed to charge for picking up ordinary rubbish – only garden waste or bulky items.

They must not impose “call-out” charges if collectors arrive at a house but the waste is not left out. Councils are also warned that local authorities cannot force residents to buy their “official” rubbish sacks.

But defiant authorities are still ignoring demands by the Government and public to restore weekly collections.

Only about half of 326 local councils in England still pick up every week.

Not one of more than 100 councils who responded to a poll said they would increase the frequency of collections.

Eleven even said they will extend fortnightly rounds.

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said: “Councils will struggle to improve waste services following cuts imposed on them.”

The Sun Online

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