Households are being warned they may need 'up to seven bins' as part of plans to standardise rubbish collections, the Mirror reports.

The government is proposing measures to standardise waste collection across the country by 2023/4 as part of the Environment Bill.

However, the District Councils' Network, representing 183 local authorities across England, warns this will be chaotic for some householders with people potentially needing more bins than previously.

The plans could see four bins needed for dry recyclables - comprising of glass, metal, plastic and paper and card along with garden waste bins, food waste bins and non-recyclables.

The DCN has described the proposals as "poorly thought out" and said some families may not even have the space for all the additional bins.

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Wheelie bins could grow in number from four to seven from 2023, under government plans
Wheelie bins could grow in number from four to seven from 2023, under government plans

There's also fears it could lead to extra congestion on the roads along with the eye-watering anticipated cost of £680m a year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ordering councils to pick up food waste, glass and recyclables weekly by 2023 - which means it could delay collection of 15.5m tonnes of ordinary rubbish a year.

Most of the UK's 341 local authorities now have fortnightly rubbish collections as a result of austerity cuts and only 67 carry out weekly collections.

Councillor Dan Humphreys, of the DCN, 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."

There will be more wheelie bins under the plans in the Environmental Bill
There will be more wheelie bins under the plans in the Environmental Bill

A Defra spokesperson said where it is not practical to have seven bins, local authorities may collect recyclable waste from two or more waste streams together.

The spokesperson said: "We are going further and faster to recycle more of our waste to protect the environment - less than 10 per cent of household waste is now going to landfill and the amount of food waste being recycled is up by over 40 per cent 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.”