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 plans could mean some households have up to seven bins, it has been claimed
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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.
Last month, The Mirror warned how the plans to nationalise bin services could see some waste uncollected for a month.
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.
Most of the UK’s 341 local authorities have changed to fortnightly pick-ups because of austerity cuts, with just 67 councils able to keep up weekly collections.
Cllr Dan Humphreys, DCN’s lead member for enhancing quality of life, said: “These proposals are poorly thought out and will create costly chaos and confusion up and down the country.
“Rather than standardise waste collections, local communities should be able to decide what works best for them.
“What works for residents in villages and rural areas won’t work for people living in flats in a busy town or city.”
“It is also wrong that those without gardens are contributing towards the costs of garden waste collections for those who do.”
A spokesperson from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said: "We are going further and faster to recycle more of our waste to protect the environment – less than 10% of household waste is now going to landfill and the amount of food waste being recycled is up by over 40% since 2015.
“But we must do more, and through our major reforms of kerbside collections we will boost recycling levels and step up our war on plastic pollution – while our proposed weekly food waste collections will maximise recycling and stop the build-up of smelly waste around homes.”