Campaigners lose litter bin battle

First published in News

CALLS for the return of more than 300 litter bins which were controversially removed from York streets have failed.

City of York Council began moves to take away 349 bins – more than a third of the total number in the city – in June to save £40,000 a year on collection rounds, but 1,530 Fulford, Huntington and New Earswick residents signed a petition demanding a complete reversal of the cull.

The petition went before Coun David Levene, the council's cabinet member for environmental services, yesterday but the decision was made that any bins which were removed will only be replaced where it is deemed appropriate.

Opponents of the cull say it will lead to more litter, with the council saying it does not have the funding to retain all bins and it has not seen an increase in rubbish, while some have already been put back.

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10:23am Wed 5 Dec 12

scooterboy says...

why have they removed the bins, is it so more folk get fined for littering, ycc are a joke, the city is a mess, and we are powerless to do any thing
why have they removed the bins, is it so more folk get fined for littering, ycc are a joke, the city is a mess, and we are powerless to do any thing scooterboy
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10:58am Wed 5 Dec 12

DEKKA says...

yet the council is willing to spend £600,000 on the 20mph initiative without having any evidence that is will achieve any of its objectives.
yet the council is willing to spend £600,000 on the 20mph initiative without having any evidence that is will achieve any of its objectives. DEKKA
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10:59am Wed 5 Dec 12

PKH says...

scooterboy wrote:
why have they removed the bins, is it so more folk get fined for littering, ycc are a joke, the city is a mess, and we are powerless to do any thing
What is wrong with people taking their litter home? They do not have to just drop it! Also bins do not stop litter as some people cannot be bothered to walk a few feet to a bin just dropping their litter where they are.
[quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: why have they removed the bins, is it so more folk get fined for littering, ycc are a joke, the city is a mess, and we are powerless to do any thing[/p][/quote]What is wrong with people taking their litter home? They do not have to just drop it! Also bins do not stop litter as some people cannot be bothered to walk a few feet to a bin just dropping their litter where they are. PKH
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11:11am Wed 5 Dec 12

El Clinton says...

In an ideal world people would take their litter home but sometimes its not as easy as that. we are in a very package orientated world with take aways all over the place. people go out for drinks, get a takeaway, where do they put the packaging?
Not everyone carries plastic bags around all the time to put their rubbish in.

You need bins at regular intervals, not walk miles before you see one. This council is utterly ridiculous and their short sighted policies are making this city into a litter strewn mess.
In an ideal world people would take their litter home but sometimes its not as easy as that. we are in a very package orientated world with take aways all over the place. people go out for drinks, get a takeaway, where do they put the packaging? Not everyone carries plastic bags around all the time to put their rubbish in. You need bins at regular intervals, not walk miles before you see one. This council is utterly ridiculous and their short sighted policies are making this city into a litter strewn mess. El Clinton
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11:16am Wed 5 Dec 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Have they removed the litter bins or have they thrown them away? And if the latter, what into?
Have they removed the litter bins or have they thrown them away? And if the latter, what into? Ignatius Lumpopo
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2:23pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Torkie says...

I can't believe they go to that effort to save £40,000 then blow hundreds of thousands on useless things.

How are we supposed to have any respect for what they're doing when they can't apply any common sense to themselves.
I can't believe they go to that effort to save £40,000 then blow hundreds of thousands on useless things. How are we supposed to have any respect for what they're doing when they can't apply any common sense to themselves. Torkie
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4:25pm Wed 5 Dec 12

YorkShrimper says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Have they removed the litter bins or have they thrown them away? And if the latter, what into?
The river. And then that flooded. Maybe James Alexander should resign over this.

Maybe I'm in a minority, but I've never really had the need to walk around whilst pushing food into my face, and as such do not generate much litter in public. I am however a smoker, but have not had trouble finding suitable bins for the butts, and if there isn't one around it goes into a small box in pocket until I get home.

I'm fairly sure there are laws about public littering, maybe enforcement of those laws would ensure our streets remain clean.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Have they removed the litter bins or have they thrown them away? And if the latter, what into?[/p][/quote]The river. And then that flooded. Maybe James Alexander should resign over this. Maybe I'm in a minority, but I've never really had the need to walk around whilst pushing food into my face, and as such do not generate much litter in public. I am however a smoker, but have not had trouble finding suitable bins for the butts, and if there isn't one around it goes into a small box in pocket until I get home. I'm fairly sure there are laws about public littering, maybe enforcement of those laws would ensure our streets remain clean. YorkShrimper
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4:53pm Wed 5 Dec 12

idlehousewife says...

Good!
Good! idlehousewife
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10:56pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Silver says...

Woop a win for democracy....an undemocratic decision fought by democracy and the result......nuff said
Woop a win for democracy....an undemocratic decision fought by democracy and the result......nuff said Silver
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2:28am Fri 7 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

So on the one hand the council has spent £12,000 removing an important section of cycle lane and painting new lines whilst messing up traffic light sequences to make longer queues on the A19, then is spending £600,000 on 20mph citywide speed limits that only about 2 people in the whole city actually want, and then it can't afford to put salt in the salt bins or remove litter from the litter bins. They're having a laugh!
So on the one hand the council has spent £12,000 removing an important section of cycle lane and painting new lines whilst messing up traffic light sequences to make longer queues on the A19, then is spending £600,000 on 20mph citywide speed limits that only about 2 people in the whole city actually want, and then it can't afford to put salt in the salt bins or remove litter from the litter bins. They're having a laugh! Magicman!
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