Weekly bin collections to resume to combat pest problems
A new government deal will see local authorities across the country restore weekly bin collections, in a move that has come to the relief of people suffering from increased rat and vermin problems.
Weekly collections were radically scaled back under the last government, in a bid to force households into recycling more of their rubbish. The current administration, however, has devised a new plan to bring them back in, following a marked increase in rat and insect infestations along with a rise in fly-tipping.
It is thought that the new policy will be announced as the centrepiece of a comprehensive review of waste policy being carried out by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).
It is believed that the funding plans for councils to restore weekly bin collections have been hashed out - at a cost of around £100 million annually - and the final plans for the scheme will be unveiled within the next two weeks.
A source close to the review said, "Restoring weekly bin collections was something that the Prime Minister has personally said is essential. We have now worked out the details on how this is financially possible. There are other ways to improve recycling rates."