New figures show that households are having to wait an average of 12 days to have their rubbish collected, despite promises from the government to restore weekly bin rounds. FoI requests to every council in the country show that, on average, households have to deal with four different bins and wait 12 days for their black bags to be collected. Hilary Benn, the shadow communities and local government secretary, told the Daily Mail that the findings show the government's promises are just "pompous hot air". Only 17 out of 285 authorities collect all bins weekly, meaning that the other 268 areas, 48.7m people, have to wait longer to get rid of their rubbish. On average, general waste bins are collected once every 12 days and recycling bins and garden waste every 13 days. In the 116 areas which run separate collections for food waste, it is collected on average every nine days. Mr Benn said: "This comprehensive study fatally undermines Eric Pickles’ boast when he was in opposition and in government that he would return Britain to weekly bin collections and keep extra charges down."