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Bins are too big
I am writing to question City of York Council’s plan to charge for a second green bin and the message this sends to our residents.
We have a medium-sized garden and through the summer there are often times when one bin is too small to accommodate all the green waste.
While we can afford to pay the additional cost for a second green bin and will probably be doing so for the convenience, I think the council have taken the easy option. Our black bin is now usually not full in a fortnight, so what is stopping me just putting any extra green waste into the black bin to avoid paying the extra cost?
This will send the green waste directly to landfill. Surely the council should be looking more closely at the black bin sizes? If you have a larger family then you can order a giant wheelie bin at no extra cost.
The council is giving York residents no incentive to minimise landfill or encourage recycling. The black bin emptying frequency should be reduced to every three weeks, or a new generation of two-thirds-sized wheelie bins introduced to encourage recycling.
This would reduce the cost of landfill which must be one of the council’s biggest expenses. The council needs to start taking some of those unpopular decisions that give an incentive to reduce waste and recycle more.
Mike Beresford, York Road, Naburn.
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