Britons could be forced to use “seven bins per household” as part of new plans to nationalize garbage collections.
The government is looking into standardizing garbage collection so that it will be the same across the country by 2023/2024.
It is part of the environmental law and stipulates that households could need four separate bins for dry recyclables – glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard – as well as waste bins for garden waste, food waste and non-recyclable materials.
However, the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned that this could cause chaos and confusion in the councils and has labeled it “poorly thought out”. reports the mirror.
The additional collection vehicles could also result in traffic jams on the road and cost a staggering £ 680 million each year, the DCN says.
The DCN demands that local councils and communities can decide how their waste is collected.
Last month, The Mirror warned that plans to nationalize trash cans could result in some garbage not being collected for a month.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will instruct councils to collect food waste, glass and recyclables on a weekly basis through 2023 – with fears that the collection of 15.5 million tons of normal waste per year could be delayed.
Most of the UK’s 341 local authorities have switched to 14-day collections due to austerity cuts, with only 67 councils being able to maintain weekly collections.
Cllr Dan Humphreys, DCN Senior Member for Quality of Life, said, “These proposals have been poorly thought out and will create costly chaos and confusion across the country.
“Instead of standardizing waste collection, local communities should be able to decide what works best for them.
“What works for residents in villages and rural areas doesn’t work for people who live in apartments in a busy city.”
“It is also wrong that those who do not have gardens should share the cost of collecting garden waste for those who do.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We are going further and faster to recycle more of our waste to protect the environment – less than 10% of household waste now ends up in landfills and the amount of food waste is recycled.” has increased by over 40% since 2015.
“But we need to do more, and through our major roadside collections reforms, we will increase recycling levels and step up our fight against plastic pollution – while our proposed weekly food waste collections will maximize recycling and the accumulation of smelly waste near homes will stop. “.”