Could EU rules mean even fewer rubbish collections?

Sarah Coles
Local and European elections campaign trail - Conservative
Local and European elections campaign trail - Conservative

Eric Pickles is waging a one-man war against the fortnightly rubbish collection. Since 2005, local authorities around the UK have been steadily moving to less frequent collections - so that now half of all councils only collect rubbish every other week. Pickles has been piling on the pressure to move back to weekly collections, scrapping fines for people who break wheelie bin rules, and issuing a guide for councils pushing them to reinstate weekly collections on the grounds that they did nothing to promote recycling.

But now it seems that European bureaucrats could be about to undo all his good work.

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