In a move to help 8 million British households whose garbage bins are only emptied fortnightly, councils will be offered £250 million to reinstate weekly rubbish collections.
"Weekly rubbish collections are the most visible of all frontline services, and I believe every household in England has a basic right to have their rubbish collected every week," Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles told The Guardian.
"Our fund will help councils deliver weekly collections and in the process make it easier for families to go green and improve the local environment," he said.
The restoration of weekly collections is the result of criticism the Conservatives faced after stating in June that councils would not have to bring back weekly collection rounds.
"Our members will be absolutely delighted. Hard-working families up and down the country have had to put up with fortnightly collections," Doretta Cocks, founder of the Campaign for Weekly Waste, told The Sun.
The support scheme is scheduled to start April 2012. But there is a catch: Only councils that ensure the restoration of weekly collections for at least for five years and maintain an efficient, if not increasing, recycling rate and ensure other environmental improvements will get priority in fund allocation.