A HARROGATE businessman’s decision to start a ‘pay as you throw’ rubbish collection service in Yorkshire has been welcomed by a Government Minister as evidence that councils need to return to a weekly service.
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said council tax payers deserved a “comprehensive weekly service”.
The Yorkshire Post reported yesterday how Andrew Brown has set up Rubbish Service Ltd to offer Harrogate residents the chance to pay for additional refuse collections on top of the council service.
Most local authorities, including Conservative-run Harrogate, now collect non-recyclable rubbish fortnightly.
They argue it reduces costs and encourages people to recycle more which in turn means councils pay less in landfill taxes.
But Conservative Government Ministers have been trying to persuade them to return to weekly collections, going so far as to publish guidelines on the issue earlier this year and branding opponents “bin bureaucrats”.
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis 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 and people deserve a comprehensive weekly service in return for their taxes.
“This new business venture proves that there is strong public demand for weekly bin collections.
“The Government encourages English councils to support weekly services and debunks the myths around why they can’t be delivered.
“We have also scrapped a legacy of Whitehall directives demanding fortnightly collections.
“Councils should focus on delivering good weekly collections, better contracts and promote use of innovative ideas or technology that help residents recycle more.”
Harrogate Council, which introduced fortnightly rubbish collections two years ago, says it provides residents with a bin big enough to take more than six standard bags of waste.
The authority managed to recycle 40 per cent of its waste last year.