Surrey councils unlikely to increase bin collections

Surrey is unlikely to see a return to weekly bin collections despite a cash incentive from the government.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced an extra £250m towards weekly household waste collections.

However, so far no council in Surrey has said it plans to return to operations on a weekly basis.

In Guildford, for example, council bosses said their re-introduction would cost taxpayers £0.75m and in Waverley leaders said it would be a mistake.

On 30 September, Mr Pickles said: "Weekly rubbish collections are the most visible of all front-line services and I believe every household in England has a basic right to have their rubbish collected every week."

'Devil in detail'

However, none of Surrey's 11 district and borough councils contacted by BBC Surrey have plans to change their collections because of his announcements.

Tony Rooth, leader of Conservative-run Guildford Borough Council, said: "I'm not entirely sure [what Mr Pickles meant by weekly collections] and I'm not sure anybody else does. The devil as always is in the detail.

"If we went to weekly collections it would cost our taxpayers about £750,000."

Bryn Morgan, who is in charge of the environment for Waverley Borough Council, said Mr Pickles' announcement was completely unclear.

"I'm totally confused about what Eric means I'm afraid," he said.

"I do not really consider that £250million over five years will make any substantial impact on the ground at all."

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "Further detail of how the support scheme will operate and how councils can bid will be set out in due course."

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