Fortnightly collections of non-recyclable waste is the way to get more people recycling, says Friends of the Earth.

The charity showed support for this strategy after figures from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs revealed that nine of the ten local councils with the best improvement in recycling rates over the past two years follow this tactic.

Julian Kirby, waste and resources campaigner at the organisation, told independent.co.uk: “It’s obvious that fortnightly collections boost recycling and save councils money. The sad thing about this is that it’s like having to argue about people causing climate change.”

About half of councils in the UK currently collect non-recyclable waste fortnightly, which can encourage people to put recyclable materials in kitchen recycling bins rather than let the rubbish sit there for two weeks.

While it is currently down to local councils to choose how often they pick up rubbish, certain figures from central government have been less than supportive of the fortnightly approach.

Local government minister Brandon Lewis told telegraph.co.uk that cutting the frequency of collections would be “lazy”, adding that research shows residents actually prefer to get their rubbish picked up every week.

In his opinion, “better procurement, more joint working and using incentive schemes” is the way to boost recycling rates in the UK.

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