Households ‘will have up to 7 bins each’ as part of huge changes to rubbish collections

Households have been warned they may need up to seven bins in their garden as part of plans to nationalise rubbish collection.

The government wants to standardise waste collection so it is the same across the country by 2023/24 as part of the Environment Bill.

But the District Councils’ Network (DCN), which represents 183 councils in England, has warned this could be chaotic for some households with people possibly needing more bins than ever before.

It claims the plans could see households need four separate bins for dry recyclables – glass, metal, plastic, paper and card – as well as waste collectables for garden waste, food waste and non-recyclables.

The DCN has slammed the proposals as “poorly thought out” and said some families may not have the space for the extra bins.

The extra collection vehicles could also cause congestion on the road, as well as costing an eye-watering £680million every year, says the DCN.

The DCN is calling for local councils and communities to be able to decide how they want their waste collected.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will order councils to pick up food waste, glass and recyclables weekly by 2023 – with fears there could be a knock-on effect of delaying collection of 15.5 million tonnes of ordinary rubbish a year.