WEEKLY rubbish collections will be scrapped as a council looks to save money.

People in Worthing and Adur will instead have their household waste and recycling collected on alternate weeks.

The decision came on Tuesday night as part of a bid to boost recycling in the two districts which include Lancing, Shoreham and Southwick.

Worthing and Adur councils say this move put them in line with 75 per cent of other local authorities in the country which already operate in this way.

Currently only 36 per cent of waste collected in Adur district and Worthing borough is recycled – below the average across West Sussex.

The garden waste collection service would remain unchanged.

The councils said no staff would be made redundant as a result of the move.

And they said new rules around recycling could mean they lose £250,000 a year.

Without making the change, savings would have to found elsewhere, they said.

A spokesman said: “Residents in Adur and Worthing are very proud of their refuse and recycling service.

“These changes allow us to continue to provide a quality service by quality staff in quality vehicles.

“Recycling rates in our area have stubbornly remained around the 35 per cent mark for a while now.

“There is a raft of evidence that shows this measure will increase that amount by up to seven per cent.”