Most villagers would accept fortnightly bin collections when wheelie bins are introduced in September, a survey suggests.

Wheelie bins are being tried out in Bardney, Cherry Willingham, Fiskerton and Southrey by West Lindsey District Council.

Results of questionnaires sent to villagers show that two thirds of people would support a switch from weekly to fortnightly bin collection.

Sixty-three per cent of the 850 respondents said that as long as the new service was more efficient, less costly and better for the environment, they would be happy.

The council is looking at ways to improve its recycling and cut the cost of its waste services.

From September it plans to roll out wheelie bins and more recycling initiatives into Gainsborough and across the district.

But because wheelie bins take longer to empty than black sacks, it will need to switch to clearing normal waste one week and recycleable things on alternate weeks – to avoid escalating costs.

Jack Whyman, waste services development officer, said the feedback, with a return rate of a third of all forms sent out, showed “the majority are willing to accept alternate week collections”