Local News | County Council Slams Basingstoke's Decision | Andover & VillagesLast week, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council voted to keep weekly bin collections.

The Cabinet voted in favour of protecting the weekly rubbish collection service, a view supported by residents surveyed through market research. However, the Cabinet highlighted more needs to be done collectively to increase recycling levels.

Cllr Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “I was very disappointed to hear that Basingstoke and Deane have decided against a move to fortnightly bin collections. Many of our other partner district authorities have better recycling rates from their kerbside collections and most of them collect on a fortnightly basis. Evidence shows that fortnightly collections lead to better recycling rates as people get used to putting a bit more thought into getting the right things in the right bins.

“We continue to work with our partners across Hampshire to reduce the £100million each year that waste is costing Hampshire taxpayers, and to find more efficient ways of upgrading Hampshire’s waste infrastructure. We’re weighing up the costs and benefits of refreshing our existing multi-million pound recycling facilities – including potential income from the sale of recyclables. This is an area where we continue to seek improvements and innovations.”

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