Portsmouth City Council wins weekly bin collections funding

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PORTSMOUTH will keep weekly bin collections after the city council won its bid for government funding.

A total of £1,387,000 was awarded to Portsmouth City Council as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme.

Some 88,317 households across the city will benefit from the funding.

The details of the bid included introducing a recycling rewards scheme, enhanced communal waste facilities, and supporting weekly waste collections.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘To make sure Portsmouth got as much money as possible, we applied and I am very pleased that we have been successful.

‘It gives reassurance and means that we will still have weekly bin collections.

‘We have kept ours where other local authorities haven’t.’

Local government secretary Eric Pickles said: ‘Every Englishman has a basic right to have their household rubbish taken away each and every week – it is the most visible council service people get.

‘Yet under the previous administration weekly bin collections halved while their Council Tax bills doubled.

‘Over six million families will breathe a sigh of relief because we have put a stop to the fetid fortnightly rot and saved many weekly collections from extinction, while increasing recycling rates by hundreds of thousands of tonnes.’