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FORTNIGHTLY bin collections could be on their way to Wigan.

Concerned refuse staff say they have been warned about plans to introduce the controversial changes before the year ends to save cash.

Council chiefs admitted a review of the refuse and recycling service is under way.

Sally Wolstencroft , the council’s head of Cleaner, Safer, Greener, said the council has made no secret that it is looking at “modern alternatives” to the way it currently manages and disposes of waste.

She said: “The simple fact is the world is now a very different place, and the council and the borough must move with the times.

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“Sending countless thousands of tonnes of waste to be buried in a hole in the ground is an increasingly costly exercise that this borough can no longer afford.

“Not only that, but continuing to rely on landfill only serves to store up potential environmental problems for our children.

“We know that the vast majority of our residents abhor the needless waste of landfill, and the council would be failing in its duty if it did not plan for the future.

“By working smarter to provide everyone with more opportunities to recycle, we feel sure we can all make a difference.

“We have kept our residents informed of our progress every step of the way, and will continue to do so.”

She said the council would be rolling out further improvements to recycling services by introducing a blue bin collection for waste paper later this summer.

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The council is also planning to give residents more kerbside recycling opportunities which will allow them to remove clean paper, card and drinks cartons from their black bins.

She added that a trial for more than 8,000 households was well-received.

Ms Wolstencroft added: “Ultimately cutting the cost of waste disposal through landfill will give us more money to spend on the front-line services people in our borough rely on.”

But Independent councillor Jim Ellis said: “I find it disgraceful that fortnightly collections should even be considered, especially given that other councils having tried it have moved back to weekly collections after public pressure.”