Grant would not cover cost of bin rounds
A COUNCIL has decided not to bid for Government cash to fund an additional weekly food waste collection.
Cheshire East Council currently picks up food and general rubbish in black bins every fortnight and empties green garden waste and silver recycling bins in the alternate week.
But it revealed last month that it was considering restoring weekly collections under a £250 million Government scheme.
Now leaders say bringing in extra bin rounds would 'not be in the best interest of council tax payers.'
Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member in charge of environmental services, said: "My colleagues and I looked at all the options concerning this bid and we agreed that this particular scheme does not present best value for taxpayers in the current economic climate.
"The conditions around this grant would require an additional collection to our current three bin system.
"A bid for £3.8 million Government funding would only part-pay for this scheme and it would require a great deal more investment from the council, which would place an increased burden on the taxpayer, which we don't think is prudent at this time.
"Out of the 400 collection authorities only 92 collect food separately and they tend to be city authorities.
"We are indeed committed to recycling as much waste as we possibly can, the current rate being an impressive 53 per cent, and we will, in the future, look at further innovative and cost-effective ways to increase this figure.
"We will not rule out submitting further bids in the future."