COUNCILLORS have rubbished a proposal to bring back weekly bin collections.
The Government is expected to announce a £100m plan to persuade councils to dump fortnightly bin rounds.
Kirklees Council phased out weekly grey bin collections between 2006 and 2008.
More than half of English councils now collect household rubbish once every two weeks.
Environment secretary Caroline Spelman is expected to announce a £100m package of financial incentives designed to tempt these local authorities to bring back the weekly collections.
But yesterday a leading Conservative councillor said the current system was working well.
Clr David Hall helped introduce fortnightly collections when the Tories ran Kirklees from 2006 to 2009.
He said: “We’ve received very few complaints, in fact the system has worked very well.
“We’ll have to wait and see what the Government proposes but I think people in Kirklees are fairly happy with fortnightly bin collections.
“People are used to the system now and I hope it encourages them to recycle more.”
Clr Hall added that scrapping weekly bin collections had not harmed the environment.
The Liversedge and Gomersal man said: “There was a lot of hype at the time that we would see a big increase in foxes and vermin but that hasn’t happened.”
Kirklees leader Clr Mehboob Khan agreed.
The Greenhead Labour man said: “People have become accustomed to fortnightly bin collections now and the system is working well.
“Fortnightly bin collections have helped to significantly increase recycling.”
Clr Khan added that he was wary of the Government’s £100m plan.
He said: “I’m suspicious if the Government will cover the full cost of weekly bin collections because the Government is always claiming they have to cut expenditure to deal with the deficit.”
Clr Kath Pinnock, who leads the Kirklees Lib Dems, also believes the current system is working well.
The Cleckheaton woman said yesterday: “The only occasions when there’s an issue with grey bin collections is over Christmas – especially if there are delays because of bad weather.”
Clr Pinnock added: “Fortnightly bin collections have led to the recycling rate going up by 15 to 20% which is very positive because it means less rubbish going to landfill.”
Clr Andrew Cooper, who leads the four-strong Green group on Kirklees, also believes the fortnightly system works well.
The Newsome man said: “Quite a lot of people have adjusted to it and have started recycling more. I don’t get a lot of complaints from people who want to bring back weekly collections.”
Clr Cooper added: “The Government needs to get consistent and decide if they want to encourage recycling or not.”