Residents in England could have up to seven bins in waste collection reform plans.
The government wants garbage collection to be the same for every household in an effort to boost recycling under the environmental bill, with new rules in place as early as 2023, reports The mirror.
The District Council Network (DCN), which represents 183 councils in England, says plans could see households needing four separate bins for dry recyclables – glass, metal, plastic, paper and card – as well as collectable waste for garden waste, food waste and not recyclable.
The additional collection vehicles could also cause traffic jams on the road, and cost £ 680million each year, according to DCN.
Dan Humphreys, DCN Senior Quality of Life Member, said: “These proposals are poorly thought out and will create costly chaos and confusion across the country.
“Rather than standardizing waste collection, local communities should be able to decide what is best for them.
“What works for people in villages and rural areas will not work for people living in apartments in a bustling city or town.
“It is also wrong that those who do not have gardens contribute to the costs of collecting garden waste for those who do. “
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We are going further and faster to recycle more of our waste to protect the environment – less than 10% of household waste is now landfilled and the amount of recycled food waste has increased by more than 40% since 2015.
“But we need to do more, and through our major curbside collection reforms, we will increase recycling levels and step up our war on plastic pollution – while our weekly food waste collection proposals will maximize recycling and stop accumulation of smelly garbage around homes. “