Council not planning to bring back weekly bin collections
Council bosses say they have no plans to return to weekly bin collections – a year after vowing to look at bringing them back.
North Lincolnshire Council had previously said it was "seriously considering" bringing back household waste collections every seven days when the Government floated the idea of offering £100 million to councils.
The authority later refused to rule out going weekly when the Government shelved those plans in June last year.
And the council was maintaining a similar stance when a £250 million fund for English councils which guaranteed weekly collections for five years was then announced by ministers in September.
But now, councillors have revealed they have no current plans to alter the fortnightly cycle, which came into force in the Scunthorpe area in February 2006.
North Lincolnshire Council currently has a recycling rate of 51.8 per cent, putting it in the top 10 per cent in the country.
Councillor Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhoods, said this was the main reason for keeping fortnightly bin collections in place.
He said: "The main drive is to encourage people to recycle.
"We don't want to see recycling rates drop and all of the professionals and experts tell us if we go back to weekly collections, we will see a recycling drop.
"We want to encourage recycling and get things moving that way to keep our targets up.
"The residents of North Lincolnshire are very good at recycling.
"They have engaged with it and got used to it and they are getting involved with it, which is excellent for the area, the environment and the country."
Mr Sherwood said any Government funding accessed by going back to weekly collections would be outweighed by the cost of the scheme to the council.
He said: "It is my understanding that there has been some Government money to encourage local authorities to go back to weekly collections.
"The only problem is there are strings attached to it.
"The money would only be for one year and you have to be set up by a certain date.
"The money is only for one year but you have to commit to five years."
Diana Sykes, 60, of North Street, Winterton, said she was quite happy with the fortnightly bin collection.
She said: "There are only the two of us in our house.
"It would be different for people who have children at home. I don't find the bins need to be emptied more than that.
"I have been recycling for quite a while now.
"It is good to see North Lincolnshire Council encouraging recycling. It is better for the environment and uses less money to go into landfills.
"These holes are going to be filled up sooner rather than later.
"Hopefully, for the majority of people, it will encourage them to recycle."