Pickles defends weekly bin pick-ups

Banbury Cake: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles attacked councils trying to end weekly rubbish collections, issuing a 'bin bible' exposing claims made to justify cuts Communities Secretary Eric Pickles attacked councils trying to end weekly rubbish collections, issuing a 'bin bible' exposing claims made to justify cuts

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has continued his assault on councils that try to end weekly rubbish collections by issuing a "bin bible" to put a stop to the "barmy" policy.

The new guidance for local authorities exposes the claims made by "bin barons" to justify making cuts to services in England, the Conservative Cabinet Minister said.

Mr Pickles has made weekly bin collections one of his top priorities for local government but critics have branded him a ''philistine'', claiming he has put money for bins ahead of funding for libraries and museums.

The brochure says it is a "clear myth" that councils cannot improve recycling rates without introducing fortnightly collections, setting out how a number of authorities have managed to recycle over half of all rubbish while maintaining weekly pick-ups.

It also dismisses suggestions that the only way to save money is to extend collection times, insisting that "innovative solutions" mean councils can protect weekly collections at little or no extra cost.

Mr Pickles said: "This Government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies which made families' lives hell.

"Rubbish collections are the most visible service that people get for their £120 a month council tax bill. People deserve a comprehensive weekly service in return for their taxes.

"We have exposed 10 false fictions from fortnightly bin barons they cling to as excuses for cutting services. If councils adopt this new guide as their 'bin bible', they will be able to save taxpayers' money and still increase the frequency and quality of rubbish and recycling collections.

"Across Britain, there is a clear choice on offer. The Government in England is standing up for weekly collections; by contrast, the administrations in Wales and Scotland are moving towards monthly collections."

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