Hull fortnightly bin collections start

Fortnightly bin collections in Hull have started in an effort to save the city council £1m a year.

Black general waste bins will be collected every two weeks, alternating with blue and brown recycling bins.

The change affects 110,000 homes and would increase recycling levels in the city from 49% to 55%, the council said.

It is part of the council's wider cost-cutting exercise to save £80m by 2015 because of a five-year reduction in central government funding.

The authority said it would help residents with the switchover until 7 June by collecting extra bags of non-recyclable waste if it was placed next to the black bins.

An information pack had been distributed to residents giving details about the changes and a timetable of the new collection dates.

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