A GOVERNMENT committee ought to visit Huddersfield to see the facts behind fortnightly bin collections for themselves, says a Kirklees Council cabinet member.
Clr Martyn Bolt, Kirklees Council cabinet member for the environment was speaking out after the House of Commons Local Government Committee said fortnightly collections had not been proven to increase recycling.
Fortnightly collections have been running in places like Almondbury for a year, with green bins collected every two weeks instead of every four and grey bins emptied fortnightly instead of weekly.
The system, which is being extended across Kirklees, also includes a monthly glass collection.
Clr Bolt believes the change has been a success.
He said: “These MPs really ought to get out more!
“I would like to invite the committee and Kirklees MPs to come and see the facts for themselves and talk to people who are more than happy with the scheme.”
Clr Bolt believes the pilot, involving 5,000 households in Moldgreen, Almondbury, Lepton and Dalton, is running smoothly.
He said: “The vast majority of people in the pilot areas have reported no problems adapting to the new arrangement. Vermin and fly-tipping are down and recycling is up.
“Some 10% of recyclable waste which was previously put in grey bins – around 10 tonnes a week across the pilot area – is now going in the green bins instead.”
And Clr Bolt said data showed people supported the refuse collection changes.
He said: “Surveys of Kirklees residents as a whole have indicated that 92% of people want kerbside collections of glass and 60% want their recycling bin emptied more often.”
And the Mirfield Conservative promised that householders will be kept informed as their areas are included in the scheme.
He said: “We will employ the same model of consultation and information that was used in the pilot areas. I have every reason to believe that once householders get the facts about the scheme it will be as successful in other parts of Kirklees as it has been – and continues to be – in the pilot area.”
Clr Bolt believes increasing recycling is in the long-term interest of Kirklees.