Eric Pickles, communities secretary, tells the BBC that he believes the extra money for weekly bin collections will make a big difference:
"[Councils] already receive significant sums of money in order to do collections. This is not a bung, they would have to bid for a scheme to improve procurement, or to introduce incentive schemes for recycling or to introduce schemes whereby we look towards mechanical sorting of biological and recyclable waste.
"It will change a great deal... I think there's a recognition by all those concerned in the trade that this will make a significant difference."