Eco-drives 'see nine rubbish bins'


Recycling bins in Newcastle under Lyme, where householders have up to nine different receptacles to fill

Councils are asking householders to sort their rubbish into as many as nine bins, as part of efforts to boost recycling, a survey has revealed.

According to research by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, on average councils expect residents to sort their household waste into four bins, bags and caddies.

Topping the list for the most number of bins is Newcastle-under-Lyme, the survey by the pressure group found.

The council asks householders to sort their rubbish into separate containers for refuse, cardboard, plastics, paper, glass and cans, textiles and garden waste. It also hands out two food waste caddies – one for putting food scraps in, in the kitchen and another for kerbside collection.

The survey also found 20 other local authorities including Chelmsford, Aberdeenshire, Guildford and Middlesbrough give residents seven or more containers.

Councils face increasing taxes for throwing rubbish into landfill, while the EU Landfill Directive sets targets for keeping biodegradable waste from being thrown into the ground, prompting local authorities to take steps to try to boost household recycling.

Across England, around 40% of household waste is now being recycled, composted or reused.

Chris Daniel, policy analyst at the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Having to sort rubbish into numerous bins often frustrates taxpayers, even if they want to recycle.”

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible to recycle, but nine separate bins seems over the top.

“As part of the waste review, we’re looking at how we can better support authorities to provide the kind of waste services local residents want, while increasing our household recycling rates.”

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