Putting the bins out

Hannah ThompsonYouGovLabs and UK Public Opinion Website Editor
January 12, 2011, 2:00 AM GMT+0

Rubbish collections should happen once a week or more according to the majority of the British public. A significant minority would be happy with collections taking place at least every two weeks, whereas collections taking place less frequently than that garnered almost no support at all.

  • 57% of Brits thought rubbish should be collected at least once a week
  • Of those polled, 39% thought fortnightly collections should be the minimum amount
  • Just 2% of people would be content with collections that took place less frequently than every two weeks
  • Incidentally, an encouraging 76% have a positive opinion of ‘wheelie bins’ compared to 15% who view them negatively.

Many rubbish collections were cancelled over December due to the heavy snow which fell across the country, and because much of the snowfall coincided with the Christmas period, many residents were left facing mounds of refuse and potential vermin problems. In some parts of the country, the backlog is only just being cleared.

Following the initial delays, the Coalition Government stated that it wanted to reverse ‘Labour’s cutbacks’ and introduce weekly rubbish collections in an attempt to address the problem.

See the survey details and full results