No, this isn't about England's poor performance last night, but the title could aptly describe it, so I'm told.
Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government secretary, is writing to the Audit Commission ordering it to withdraw guidance which allows councils to replace weekly bin collections with fortnightly pick-ups.
In February councils were given the green light to collect general household waste every two weeks by the Audit Commission, which monitors council spending. Councils were also threatened with being 'marked down' in inspections if they didn't follow the guidance and about 160 of the 386 English local authorities complied.
Mr Pickles cannot force councils to return to collecting rubbish weekly, but he can direct the Commission to withdraw the guidance.
Here in Scotland we have fortnightly pick-ups for general waste too, along with fortnightly pickups for paper and garden waste.
Since these started I've noticed a great increase in bulging bins and burst black bags on the pavements in Dundee and Perth. Surely that must be a health hazard. Last year it was reported Britain had experienced an explosion in its rat population with councils saying that call-outs to rat infestations had hit a 10 year high with a 15% rise on the previous year.
Councils, instead of acknowledging the problem is the fortnightly collections, have done nothing.
I'm all for a return to weekly rubbish collections. Let's not forget vermin were the cause of the plague and other deadly epidemics. Where are the Elf and Safety suited and booted when we need them? It doesn't take a genius to realise that fortnightly collections are a step backwards not forwards where public health is concerned. It would be interesting to see just how much money councils have saved changing to these timings. Precious little possibly.