The Sunday Telegraph report that the number of households getting a weekly bin collection has declined by half a million since the election. The Government has urged councils to keep weekly collection. It has sought to reverse pressure for the weekly collection to be abandoned over recycling guidelines.

The difficulty is that fortnightly collections are a way to save money and Councils are having their grants cut. The Government can urge savings to be found elsewhere. They can give the odd nudge and incentive. But councils making their own decision (and facing the electoral consequences) is right. This is what localism looks like.

This is how the Sunday Telegraph get to half a million:

13 councils that have ended some or all weekly bin collections since the Coalition came to power

Council (party in control) – number of households affected

Maidstone, Kent (CON) 54,944

Runnymede, Surrey (CON) 31,900

Sedgemoor, Somerset (CON) 29,716

Stevenage, Herts (LAB) 32,397

Torbay, Devon (CON) 54,194

Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire (LD) 44,000

Wealden, E.Sussex (CON) 13,000

West Oxfordshire (CON) 42,294

Aberdeen City, Scotland (LD/SNP) 71,500

East Renfrewshire, Scotland (LAB/LD) 33,000

Scottish Borders (CON/LD/IND) 56,366

Blaenau Gwent, Wales (IND) 27,900

Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (CON) 15,000