Nottinghamshire council 'committed' to weekly bin collections amid concerns over changes

Brendan Clarke-Smith stood by a green recycling bin
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A Nottinghamshire council says it remains fully committed to weekly bin collections after concerns were raised about changes to its recycling service. Brendan Clarke-Smith, the Conservative MP for Bassetlaw, suggested that the Labour-led Bassetlaw District Council could potentially cut weekly bin collections.

Mr Clarke-Smith referred to an upcoming consultation about the future of recycling in Bassetlaw. The consultation is needed due to his own Government's legislation, which will require all local councils to collect the same types of recyclable waste.

The initiative has been dubbed the 'Simpler Recycling Reforms' and will require Bassetlaw to introduce a weekly food collection and to collect other new recyclable materials. The council says these changes, being implemented in time for 2027, will place extra "burdens" on the authority and it is unclear whether or not the Government will fully fund them.

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At a meeting in March, the council therefore approved consulting residents on "the collection of recyclable materials, including frequency, recycling containers and mix of recyclable materials." The mention about the "frequency" of collections led Mr Clarke-Smith to claim that weekly collections could go.

The MP said: "Rubbish collection is something that affects every household, including my own. Weekly bin collections, whether for general waste or recycling, are services we all rely on.

"This is why the consultation on potentially reducing the frequency of these collections is so concerning. I urge everyone to make their voices heard and support the retention of weekly bin collections."

Bassetlaw District Council has since confirmed that weekly bin collections will continue, despite the other changes it will have to make. Councillor Darrell Pulk, the cabinet member for environment and energy, said: "I want to reassure residents of Bassetlaw that we are fully committed to continuing our weekly bin collections.

"We currently collect from every household in the district – approximately 56k households every week. This will continue – every week to every house. We are looking to improve and enhance our collections moving forward, including plans to collect more recyclable materials following publication in May this year of the Government's Simpler Recycling Reforms."

To introduce a weekly food collection, Bassetlaw says it will have to operate a larger fleet of vehicles and extra staff. The council says: "The new burdens involved are complex and there is a high degree of risk that the actual additional costs faced by the council may not be met in full by Government funding.

"Simpler Recycling will require mandatory changes to the council's household waste collection services so there is no other option than that proposed which is to continue to develop and evaluate service models to establish a preferred option which is efficient, legally compliant and provides the most affordable environmental benefit. This is to be complemented with consultations with Bassetlaw residents."