Roll-out of three weekly waste collections proposed in Somerset

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Image caption If the new system is approved by local councils it could come into operation from autumn next year

Households in Somerset could only have their bins emptied once every three weeks under new proposals.

Somerset Waste Partnership said the move could save about £1.7m annually while encouraging more recycling and cutting the amount of rubbish ending up in landfill sites.

Non-recyclable waste in the region is currently collected every fortnight.

If the new system is approved by local authorities it could come into operation from autumn next year.

The partnership manages recycling and waste services for Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset district councils.

'Pressure on services'

Managing director Steve Read said: "At the moment, it's costing us over £12m just to put things in a hole in the ground.

"And when there are so many other pressures on services that are provided local authorities, that seems like something that together as a whole community, we can do something about."

The proposals have received a mixed response from local residents on BBC Somerset's Facebook page.

Jessica Harper said: "Perfectly fine with this. We hardly ever fill up our black bin in two weeks anyway, it's all recycled or composted."

However, Marilyn Gough described the move as "a stupid idea" and said: "Bins in my street are always full and recycling is quite full."

And Roger Welton said: "I look forward to the reduction in our council tax bills."

Trials took place within the Taunton Deane borough in 2014 which saw more than 1,000 households have the collection of black bag waste reduced from fortnightly to three-weekly, retaining a weekly recycling and food waste service.

The trials were described by the partnership as having achieved 'significant success'.

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