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A COUNCIL is to apply for Government cash to help boost recycling rates.

Durham County Council is to formally express an interest in receiving funding through the Weekly Collection Support Scheme, to provide a weekly pick-up of segregated food waste, on a trial basis.

The authority is harmonising collection arrangements across the seven former district council areas, and introducing alternate weekly collections.

The changes, which see waste collected one week and recycling the next, are expected to save the authority more than £9million and potentially up to £12million to 2017.