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Application for Government Funds

In September 2011, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will make available a £250 million fund to provide financial support to English local authorities that wish to reinstate weekly collections of household waste and recycling.

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government states that, “every Englishman has a basic right to have their household rubbish taken away each and every week – it is the most visible council service people get”.  On the basis of this, Mr Pickles set out an application criterion for the DCLG’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme, which was published on the 1st May 2012.

Around 180 of the 433 English local authorities expressed an interest in the fund and their Outline Bids had to be submitted by 11th May 2012.  The DCLG said that they would support any bids, which exhibited weekly collections that harness innovation, use new technology and rewards schemes to increase recycling.

The final bids had to be submitted by 17th August 2012.  The DCLG received 130 bids covering a range of projects that were related to weekly collections of some form of waste and recycling.

On the 22nd November 2012, the DCLG announced that 85 local authorities were successful in their bids for financial support from the £250 million weekly collection support scheme.  In total, 90 projects will go ahead, as some authorities submitted more than one scheme.  The DCLG have said that these projects will help to provide or keep some form of waste collection service on a weekly basis for 6.2 million people.

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership (NWP) is one of those successful bidders.  The Partnership submitted a “weekly food and enhanced dry recycling service bid” to support existing weekly collections by improving the environmental benefits for many flats, through to providing a comprehensive new food waste service for thousands of households within Northamptonshire.

The DCLG has offered the NWP £1,513,504.14 over a three year period, as set out in the table below:












East Northamptonshire





South Northamptonshire















The Chair of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, Cllr Chris Millar, said that this is good news for the Partnership Members that have worked really hard to put a successful bid together.  The funding will enhance the waste collections for approximately 62,000 households within the County by retaining a weekly waste collection, with improved recycling facilities at some flats and also adding a weekly food waste collection to some of those households on a fortnightly collection.

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