Refuse collections to go fortnightly as council increases recycling

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RUBBISH collections in the Dales are set to go fortnightly as part of cost-cutting measure by Derbyshire Dales District Council, but the move will see increased recycling opportunities.

The council announced its freeze on council tax this week, and as part of its efforts to continue slashing spending, will overhaul the recycling collections, meaning more bins being rolled out to households.

This includes a new food waste caddy and a new large blue wheelie bin to replace the blue recycling boxes.

The council says it will save up to £385,000 a year after striking a deal with a new contractor.

However, as part of the move, black bin collections will be cut back to fortnightly, a move that has not always proved popular in other parts of the country.

Chief executive of the council, David Wheatcroft, said food waste sat in bins for up to two weeks had been the main worry with fortnightly collections, but said the issue will be eliminated thanks to the new food caddies, which will be collected weekly.

The news system is due to be rolled out in August.

*What do you think about the new scheme?

* If you live in another part of the county which already has a fortnightly collection are you happy with your service?

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