In a bid to save £550m a year in local government spending by 2012-13, local authorities will be forced to cut waste collection services. This could mean that bin rounds are permanently reduced to fortnightly collections instead of weekly. With the general public unprepared to accept fewer collections due to concerns about vermin, a lot of preparation work is needed to help people to adjust.
Money needs to be invested into educating the public on waste minimisation techniques before collection services are reduced. Joy Blizzard of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee commented:
“One of the ways we can save money is not to deal with the stuff in the first place. We need to see more funds poured into waste minimisation initiatives.”