Greenwich Council have today confirmed that some bin collections will move to fortnightly collection.
The change will begin in February 2023 according to a council news story. General waste will be collected every fortnight though recycling will stay weekly, as will food waste. Many other authorities across the UK have long moved to collections every two weeks.
Back in 2019 the authority consulted on a number of options to save money.
More recently the council have struggled to make weekly collections, and just today they again put out publicity to state they are behind on collections. Partly this is due to the pandemic.
A growth in flats has seen recycling rates reduce according to Greenwich Council. Areas such as Kidbrooke will eventually see over 6,500 flats, with Woolwich and Greenwich also seeing sizable growth.
Budget pressures also play a part, with savings possible by reducing collections.
There are also hopes that retaining weekly recycling collection will aid sustainability.
Greenwich have not outsourced their refuse collection service unlike neighbouring Bexley, where a contract with Serco descended into strikes and piled rubbish.
The council states that “properties with a smaller 140 litre general waste bin can upgrade to our standard size 240 litre bin.
“This will ensure all residents have enough space to contain their black sacks between collections.”