10:21AM, Wednesday 05 December 2012
A welcome government grant of £566,382 will boost to the Royal Borough's rubbish collection service.
The grant was made after the authority met a tough set of of government criteria and guarantees that collections will continue to be weekly.
The authority is also planning to expand the weekly food waste collection service by providing modern bins for 15,500 flats, enabling more discarded food to be turned to compost rather than put in landfill.
The reward-for-recycling scheme will be expanded to cover the new food waste collections.
Extra composting bins will also be provided across the borough.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “In the borough we currently recycle and compost 49 per cent of our waste and this grant will be a huge help in raising that figure even higher."
Cllr Phill Bicknell, was former cabinet member for highways, transport and environment and was responsible for the service when the bid was submitted, said: "As well as improving our recycling rates, the lower costs will help the Royal Borough keep council taxes rises below the cost of inflation without cutting services."
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) received 130 bids - totalling £345m - for the £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme fund.
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