Councils are asking householders to sort their rubbish into as many as nine bins to boost recycling, a survey suggests.
On average, the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group found councils expected residents to sort their household waste into four bins, bags and caddies.
Newcastle-under-Lyme had the largest number of bins, with nine containers.
The government said this number of bins “seemed a little over the top” and it was reviewing waste collection.
The research was compiled through a combination of freedom of information requests and checking council websites.
Newcastle-under-Lyme uses separate bins for refuse, cardboard, plastics, paper, glass and cans, textiles and garden waste. It also hands out two food waste caddies – one for putting food scraps in for the kitchen and another for kerbside collection.
The survey also found 20 other local authorities including Chelmsford, Aberdeenshire, Guildford and Middlesbrough give residents seven or more containers….
Two councils, Dumfries and Galloway and the Isles of Scilly collect just one bin.
Across England, around 40% of household waste is now being recycled, composted or reused.
Councils face taxes for using landfill to deal with waste and fines if European Union targets to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill are not met. …