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Tory warning over rubbish collection

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Weekly bin collections will disappear from Britain within five years if Labour retains power and continues cutting the service at the current rate, according to the Conservatives.

Addressing the party conference, shadow communities secretary Eric Pickles promised to reject "Labour’s army of bin bullies and bin taxes".

“David Cameron has pledged that we will provide funding to allow all councils to introduce proper weekly rubbish collections, on top of recycling,” Mr Pickles added.

The Conservative parliamentary party has long campaigned against plans for pay-as-you-throw waste systems, a view that contradicts the stance taken by Local Government Association environment spokesman Paul Bettison (Con).

Cllr Bettison has maintained that councils should be given the choice.

Mr Pickles also used his speech to deride Labour’s empowerment white paper and bang the drum for a "bonfire of the quangos".

"Instead of working with councils, rewarding growth and ensuring that the infrastructure is in place Labour has relied on overbearing targets enforced by servile obedient quangos.

“we will scrap a number of unelected, unaccountable quangos. I am not going to read out a long list. All you need to know about them is that they are useless, pointless and they are going to go,” said Mr Pickles.

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