collections could be re-started in Burnham-On-Sea area
residents could see weekly collections of general rubbish re-introduced
after the government announced on Friday it is making £250m
available to help local councils restore the service.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said it is a "basic right"
for homes to have their rubbish taken away weekly.
In the Burnham-On-Sea area, Somerset Waste Partnership currently
takes away recycling waste on a weekly basis, while general waste
is collected fortnightly in order to encourage recycling and minimise
expensive landfill costs.
A spokesman for the partnership told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday
(September 30th) that it would consider bidding for a slice of
the cash, although residents appear to be happy with the current
The service, known as Sort It, has been introduced in Burnham
over the last two years and there has been minimal pressure to
change the collections.
"The Sort It collections have doubled recycling rates and
halved the amount of rubbish put out for wasteful and costly landfill,"
David Mansell, Strategy and Communications Team Leader at Somerset
Waste Partnership, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"The savings in refuse costs have helped cover the costs
of the improvements to recycling collections. Survey responses
have shown that over 80% of our residents think the Sort It collections
are better than arrangements previously in place, when recycling
was fortnightly and refuse was weekly. Less than 5% thought Sort
It to be worse."
"Nevertheless, Somerset Waste Partnership will look at the
detail of what the government is now offering and the Somerset
Waste Board, which consists of representatives from all Somerset
councils, will decide whether they wish to bid to the government
to change collection arrangements."
The government says only councils which guarantee weekly collections
for five years and demonstrate improvements in recycling and procurement
will be eligible for the funding.
Shadow communities secretary Caroline Flint has dismissed the
proposal as a "pre-Tory-conference stunt".
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