Weekly bin collection return scrapped - what do you think?

Cllr Mark Thompson becomes a refuse loader in Mexborough, to learn more about how Sita works. Picture: Liz Mockler D7219LM

Cllr Mark Thompson becomes a refuse loader in Mexborough, to learn more about how Sita works. Picture: Liz Mockler D7219LM

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DONCASTER Council has rubbished plans to bring back a weekly bin collection after refusing government money to make it happen.

Coun Mark Thompson, the authority’s cabinet member for finance, corporate services, environment, trading and support services, said it would not been applying for a share of £250 million being made available to councils by local government secretary Eric Pickles.

The cash has been ring fenced for spending on maintaining or bringing back weekly collections.

Doncaster scrapped weekly bin collections in 2005 in a bid to increase recycling rates.

Coun Thompson said: “We feel that our current service is more than sufficient since residents have a weekly green box recycling collection in addition to alternate green and black bin collections. “

The low number of complaints and problems serves as evidence that our service is working well for us.”

Coun Thompson said the council feared the money would not maintain weekly collections for the five year Government requirement.

He added “The worry is that we would have to divert already stretched budgets to pay for the additional service and so face the position where we had to reduce our recycling collections to pay for additional rubbish collections.

“The extra waste would also have a big impact on the 25-year contract we are currently refining with Barnsley and Rotherham. “

•What do you think about the council’s decision? Email us by clicking on Kate Mason’s name at the top of this page.