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You could soon have seven bins outside your house in rubbish shake-up

Households could end up with seven bins each in plans to reform rubbish collections LONDON - APRIL 26: Bags of rubbish are collected on a domestic street in Clapham on April 26 2007 in London. Many councils in the UK are considering introducting rubbish collections once a fortnight to encourage greater household recycling. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Critics say plans to increase the number of bins will lead to congestion (Picture: Getty Images)

Every household could be forced to have seven bins each as part of new plans being considered by the Government.

Waste collections could be standardised across the country, with separate bins for dry recyclables – glass, metal, plastic, paper and card – as well as bins for garden waste, food waste and non-recyclables.

But a body representing councils has called the idea ‘poorly thought through’ and warned it could lead to ‘chaos and confusion.’

The District Councils’ Network, which represents 183 councils in England, said the plans could clog driveways and block pavements.

They may also lead to an influx of rubbish trucks on the roads, causing disruption and congestion, according to the DCN.

The body estimates that the expensive proposals will cost £680 million every year and will mean that people’s existing bins will have to be thrown away.

The Government – which is planning to bring in the new collections system by 2023/24 – is understood to be drawing up plans that would allow some councils to collect recycling together but only in areas where seven bins is not practicable for households.

The DCN is calling for the idea to be scrapped and wants decisions over how waste is collected to be handed back to local councils.

Households could end up with seven bins each in plans to reform rubbish collections SALTBURN BY THE SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 02: A refuse collector from Redcar and Cleveland Council works to empty bins in the streets of Saltburn as the UK adjusts to life under the Coronavirus pandemic on April 2, 2020 in Saltburn By The Sea, United Kingdom. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to at least 203 countries, claiming over 47,000 lives and infecting more than 936,000 people. There have now been 29,474 diagnosed cases in the UK and 2,352 deaths. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Waste collections could be standardised across the country (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

Councillor Dan Humphreys said: ‘These proposals are poorly thought out and will create costly chaos and confusion up and down the country.

‘Rather than standardise waste collections, local communities should be able to decide what works best for them.

‘What works for residents in villages and rural areas won’t work for people living in flats in a busy town or city.

‘It is also wrong that those without gardens are contributing towards the costs of garden waste collections for those who do.’

Households could end up with seven bins each in plans to reform rubbish collections LONDON - APRIL 26: Bags of rubbish await collection on a domestic street in Clapham on April 26 2007 in London. Many councils in the UK are considering introducting rubbish collections once a fortnight to encourage greater household recycling. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Defra say the plans will lead to more people recycling (Picture: Getty Images)

Defra is expected to release more information on how councils can prove seven bins would not work in their area shortly.

A spokesperson defended the plan, saying it was needed to ensure more waste is recycled.

They said: ‘We are going further and faster to recycle more of our waste to protect the environment – less than 10% of household waste is now going to landfill and the amount of food waste being recycled is up by over 40% since 2015.

‘But we must do more, and through our major reforms of kerbside collections we will boost recycling levels and step up our war on plastic pollution – while our proposed weekly food waste collections will maximise recycling and stop the build-up of smelly waste around homes.’

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