Bring back weekly bin collections to Wolverhampton

Bring back weekly bin collections to Wolverhampton

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Mark Darlington started this petition to City of Wolverhampton Council

Bring back weekly bin collections!


We the undersigned petition the City of Wolverhampton Council to reconsider reinstating weekly household bin collections to avoid further fly tipping, increase in mice and rat infestation and the unwanted hazard of rotting rubbish.


During the Covid-19 Pandemic / lock down we have seen a significant increase in fly tipping incidents across the city, particularly in areas with higher population densities, with large numbers of HMO properties and larger family demographics. We have also seen both general and bulk waste being stacked and not collected. The Covid-19 pandemic has not only made the problem appear more visible but has confirmed that the problem has been getting progressively worse since the switch to fortnightly bin collections.


As household bins are not big enough for the various types of households mentioned above, we would like to the council to consider bringing back weekly collections.

Rubbish dumping / fly tipping in parts of Wolverhampton has become a serious issue: not only is it unsightly, it is also a public health problem. We are just frankly sick and tired of the fact that our proud city is being abused in such a way. We would like to see weekly bin collections reinstated across the city if not in the hot spots where dumping is repeatedly a problem.

Information obtained via a Freedom of Information request has also revealed that there the cost of litter collection in the city is significantly greater than the cost of household rubbish collection, with the cost of litter collection for the first six months of 2020 already exceeding the cost of the entire 2019 calendar year.

These figures reveal the cost of litter collection and household rubbish collection to be as follows:

For the period of 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019, the total spent by the Council on litter collection and household rubbish/bin collection were £4,033,629 and £1,293,190 respectively.
For the period of 01/01/2020 to 30/06/2020, the total spent by the Council on litter collection and household rubbish/bin collection were £4,190,850 and £567,190 respectively.
These figures reveal that there is indeed scope for the city’s waste strategy to be reviewed in order to provide greater cost effectiveness to the city’s finances and to also help improve the image of the City of Wolverhampton by limiting the blight caused by rubbish dumping/fly tipping.

The Council should not limit to reinstating weekly household bin collections but, in conversation with residents, consider improvements to other parts of their waste collection strategy such as bulk waste collections and their approach to tackling the issue of overflowing household rubbish bins that are not being collected.

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