Weekly bin collections to be retained

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FUNDING has been secured to enable bin collections to remain weekly in the borough for the next five years.

North Tyneside Council has secured a £3.35m funding package from the government through the national Weekly Collection Support Scheme.

The authority is one of the 90 projects, from 85 councils, which will be part of the scheme designed to “support comprehensive and cost effective weekly collections that harness innovation, use new technology and spread reward scheme to increase recycling”.

The local authority said the move not only secured weekly bin collections – avoiding the need to transfer to fortnightly collections – but will also enable the council to support residents to recycle more and deliver a more efficient refuse service.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “Our weekly bin collections are one of the council services most valued by the residents.

“This funding from the government is fantastic news – it means the threat of having to consider fortnightly collections is now lifted for the next five years and the council can also work with the public to develop other innovative schemes that make the waste service more efficient and encourage people to recycle more.”

The bid included a four pronged approach to sustaining a weekly collection and improving recycling in the borough. They were:

n retaining weekly collections;

n improving efficiency of weekly collections by replacing non-standard bins;

n delivering an incentives and awareness campaign to encourage more recycling;

n increasing the number of ‘recycling on the go’ bins by converting 675 litter bins to include recycling.