Country should follow Valley’s lead on refuse, says minister

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Ribble Valley Council has been praised by the Government for the refuse collection service throughout its area, which includes Longridge.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has called on councils across the country to follow the Valley’s lead by collecting refuse weekly.

He said refuse collection was the most visible service residents received for their council tax and they deserved it to be comprehensive.

The Government’s guidance on weekly refuse collections – or “Bin Bible” – cites RVBC as an example of best practice. Mr Pickles said: “Householders deserve a comprehensive weekly refuse collection service in return for their taxes and a number of local authorities are showing that innovative approaches can 
deliver quality services.”

The document praises the council for operating a weekly
refuse collection service in one of the largest rural boroughs in the country and maintaining a 90 per cent customer satisfaction rate.

Council leader Coun Stuart Hirst said: “Ribble
 Valley Borough Council was one of the few local authorities in the UK to maintain a weekly
refuse collection service, as well as developing a robust recycling scheme.

“Our residents tell us that they value and appreciate weekly collections of non-
recyclable waste and we are delighted that the Government has recognised our achievements.”

The council recycles nearly 40 per cent of the borough’s domestic waste and recently expanded its doorstep recycling service to include food waste and such as tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers, paper towels,
 tissues and egg shells.

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