Tipping points...

Tipping points...

Tipping points...

First published in Letters by

ON A recent trip to the James Street ‘recycling centre’, I removed a perfectly good sledge from the skip.

I was promptly approached by a site attendant, who threw the sledge back into the skip. I was told I could not remove things because of health and safety.

Every time I have been to the recycling centre at James Street and in the past Beckfield Lane I’ve been amazed at what some people throw away. I suppose some people are too busy to sell or freecycle or give to charity. So they dump perfectly good stuff which we then pay for in our taxes to be sent to landfill or recycled.

In the past I have saved things that are perfectly okay and not come to harm.

I think the council could reduce what goes into the skips if all vehicles visiting the recycling centre were given a leaflet about alternative means of parting with items in good condition.

Anything too good to be skipped (such as that sledge) could held for a few days. Visitors would then have a chance to view such items and take them away. This would be a much greener recycling centre.

Peter Moore, Allerton Drive, Nether Poppleton, York.

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11:12am Wed 15 Jan 14

tricky1992000 says...

The truth is you are nicking his gig, if you went along to a local car boot sale You would have a good chance of seeing it there.
The truth is you are nicking his gig, if you went along to a local car boot sale You would have a good chance of seeing it there. tricky1992000
  • Score: 17

12:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Mulgrave says...

Up until a few years ago items were officially on sale at Strensall tip, it saved waste and those who made the profits also helped manage the site. I bought a few items, and prior to that was never shy of helping myself for free.
Up until a few years ago items were officially on sale at Strensall tip, it saved waste and those who made the profits also helped manage the site. I bought a few items, and prior to that was never shy of helping myself for free. Mulgrave
  • Score: 12

2:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

I entirely agree with the letter and the above comments, I suppose the attendants are only echoing what they have been told to say, on the other hand there would always be some idiot who climbs into the skips to retrieve something then be unable to get out, so yes there should be a area for perfectly good items to be left for anyone to take.
I entirely agree with the letter and the above comments, I suppose the attendants are only echoing what they have been told to say, on the other hand there would always be some idiot who climbs into the skips to retrieve something then be unable to get out, so yes there should be a area for perfectly good items to be left for anyone to take. bravo whisky
  • Score: 12

7:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

gwen4me says...

There was a scheme in Oxfordshire where the council recycling depot actively sold things that were left. It was set up like a bring and buy sale.
There was a scheme in Oxfordshire where the council recycling depot actively sold things that were left. It was set up like a bring and buy sale. gwen4me
  • Score: 6

11:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Silver says...

freecycle great as it is, couldn't help me get me rid of a 36 inch tv 5 offers no one turned up for it. FOR FREE!
freecycle great as it is, couldn't help me get me rid of a 36 inch tv 5 offers no one turned up for it. FOR FREE! Silver
  • Score: 1

1:21am Thu 16 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Some councils do still have a part of their waste centre where they sell stuff... at a quiet time, the operatives go and have a look for reuseable items and fish them out - then they are sold and the money goes either back into running the site or into the operatives' back pockets as "a tip", depending on how the council works and/or where the CCTV cameras cover. Derbyshire council used to sell electrical equipment on ebay that had bene in their stores for years or had been reclaimed (all tested and OK to use). If York isn't doing that and all the stuff is going to waste, then (a) it would not suprise me in the least, and (b) probably goes some way to explaining why we're getting less and less services - because they don't have the vision to see where they can make money.
Some councils do still have a part of their waste centre where they sell stuff... at a quiet time, the operatives go and have a look for reuseable items and fish them out - then they are sold and the money goes either back into running the site or into the operatives' back pockets as "a tip", depending on how the council works and/or where the CCTV cameras cover. Derbyshire council used to sell electrical equipment on ebay that had bene in their stores for years or had been reclaimed (all tested and OK to use). If York isn't doing that and all the stuff is going to waste, then (a) it would not suprise me in the least, and (b) probably goes some way to explaining why we're getting less and less services - because they don't have the vision to see where they can make money. Magicman!
  • Score: -77

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