Welwyn Hatfield Council rules out a return to weekly black bin rubbish collections

PUBLISHED: 16:16 05 October 2011 | UPDATED: 16:57 10 October 2011

Eric Pickles, Local Government Secretary

Eric Pickles, Local Government Secretary

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A MASSIVE cash injection has been snubbed by Welwyn Hatfield Council as it refused to go back to weekly bin collections.

Tory Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has set aside £250million for local authorities to axe fortnightly collections and take away general black bin waste every week.

In a pre-election pledge Mr Pickles said residents should have “an expectation that councils should offer full weekly collections”.

And acting on that, and announcing the scheme, he said: “Weekly rubbish collections are the most visible of all front-line services and I believe every household in England has a basic right to have their rubbish collected every week.”

Mr Pickles, pictured, urged voters to hit councils that don’t revert to weekly bin collections at the ballot box.

But the Conservative-controlled borough council has spurned the money and said the current system saves money for residents.

A spokeswoman for the council told the WHT: “The council has made an annual saving of over £300,000 using the current arrangement for refuse and recycling compared to weekly collections of refuse.

“There is a collection every week to all households and if desired, this system enables residents to have a weekly collection of food waste; one week recycled, the next as waste.”

She added: “To revert to weekly collections for all refuse and recycling would be of no benefit to householders.

“The current arrangement has enabled recycling to rise by over 20 per cent since March, making Welwyn Hatfield the second highest recycling borough in Hertfordshire, when previously it has languished near the bottom.”

And in a barbed aside she said: “It would be preferable for the Government to use any spare funds that it has to restore some of the £2m grant money that has been reduced from the council over the last two years that could then be put towards wider services.”

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