Bassetlaw unlikely to return to weekly waste collections

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WORKSOP and surrounding areas look unlikely to return to weekly bin collections after the Government made £250 million available for local councils to do so.

The government has said that only councils that can guarantee weekly collections for five years and can show improvements in recycling and procurement are eligible for the fund.

However, Bassetlaw officials have said that a return to general weekly collections is unlikely, as the current system is working well and the change would cost an extra £500,000 a year.

Government Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP has said that the cash will make a ‘significant difference’ to residents and communities.

Bassetlaw Council currently operates an alternate collection service - picking up recycling one week and general waste the next.

However, the council say that the current waste collection service in use throughout the district is adequate and performing well.

Portfolio Holder for Environment and Leisure Coun Julie Leigh said: “Bassetlaw District Council has a cost effective weekly collection in place already.”

“We split collections between recyclable (blue bin) and land fill waste (green bin).”

“This service is highly regarded and over the last three years we have had only one complaint about the frequency of green bin collections.”

She continued: “To introduce a weekly residual waste collection would cost the Council in the region of £500,000 in additional costs a year.”

Coun Leigh added: “However, the money on offer from the Government is only available for three years meaning that the cost would then have to be passed back to the rate payer at the end of this period.”

Worksop resident Kerry Raynor said she would welcome a return to weekly collections.

“It’s definitely needed - especially in summer as it is unhygienic,” she said.

However, fellow resident Pauline Codd added: “If they cashed in on the government handout, will the council tax go up? What does it justify? Email your views to newsroom@worksop-guardian.co.uk