YORKSHIRE’s first “pay-as-you-throw” rubbish service has been launched by a businessman who claims residents are so fed-up with fortnightly council collections they are ready to pay.
Rubbish Service will initially serve parts of Harrogate although the man behind the firm, Andrew Brown, hopes to expand it.
Bin collections have become a significant political issue in recent years as an increasing number of councils have moved to a fortnightly service.
Local Government Eric Pickles published guidelines on rubbish collections earlier this year to try to pressure more authorities to return to weekly pick-ups.
Mr Brown said: “We are totally supportive of the move away from landfill and incineration towards more recycling, but the simple fact is that many households simply can’t cope with having their rubbish collected once a fortnight.”
He said it was unpleasant for young families to have to wait two weeks for nappies to be collected while older people found it hard to move heavy bins.
Harrogate Council moved to fortnightly collections almost two years ago. A spokesman said: “Harrogate Borough Council’s domestic waste and recycling service has been designed to optimise recycling of waste rather than landfill and in 2013/14 successfully diverted over 40 per cent of its waste using the scheme introduced in 2012/2013 and continues to work to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill even further.”
He said Harrogate residents were given bins that could hold more than six standard bags of waste.