Calls for return of weekly bin service are rubbished

Calls for return of weekly bin service are rubbished

Calls for return of weekly bin service are rubbished

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YORK council bosses have dismissed calls by Communities Minister Eric Pickles for weekly “grey bin” rubbish collections to be resumed.

The Minister claimed people deserved a weekly bin collection service in return for their taxes, saying the Government wanted rid of “barmy” bin policies which made families’ lives hell.

But Darren Richardson, City of York Council’s director of city and environmental services, said York’s weekly collections had alternated between waste for landfill and recycling since 2006 and this system had made a significant contribution to its high recycling rates.

He said: “In the current financial climate, moving back to weekly collections of landfill waste while maintaining full kerbside recycling collections, is not a viable option and may lead to a reduction in recycling rates, thus an increase in landfill costs and certainly additional operational costs.”

The news came as it emerged that York’s three traveller sites currently receive weekly grey bin collections but no recycling collections.

Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters, who discovered the difference in service levels, called for weekly collections to be resumed for residents across the whole city, “in the interests of equality”.

A council spokeswoman said proposals to commence recycling collections on travellers’ sites were under way, which would replace one rubbish collection every fortnight.

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12:07pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Knavesmire view says...

Having no recycling collection in my area for the best part of a month over Christmas will also have contriubuted to a reduction in recycling rates!
Having no recycling collection in my area for the best part of a month over Christmas will also have contriubuted to a reduction in recycling rates! Knavesmire view
  • Score: 45

12:36pm Wed 8 Jan 14

sootie69 says...

Totally agree with the recent post, we haven't had a recycling collection for a month and HAD to resort to taking SIX yes SIX bags of recycling to the local tip and tesco's . So much for COYC wanting to increase recycling if they can't be ef***g bothered to collect for a month. Think we should all withold our last months council tax!!!!
Totally agree with the recent post, we haven't had a recycling collection for a month and HAD to resort to taking SIX yes SIX bags of recycling to the local tip and tesco's . So much for COYC wanting to increase recycling if they can't be ef***g bothered to collect for a month. Think we should all withold our last months council tax!!!! sootie69
  • Score: 36

1:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Acomblady says...

Same here we were left a month with no recycling collections. My husband took the glass and we managed to store the rest but the street looked so messy. When they finally collected they sent one wagon for the paper and cardboard then another for the rest. And on the subject PLEASE will they empty our green bin before April
Same here we were left a month with no recycling collections. My husband took the glass and we managed to store the rest but the street looked so messy. When they finally collected they sent one wagon for the paper and cardboard then another for the rest. And on the subject PLEASE will they empty our green bin before April Acomblady
  • Score: 27

1:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

locals says...

By following the guidlines for recycling and filling our boxes correctly, a fortnightly grey bin collection is adequate. We would far rather have our green bin collected for a longer season (in line with the collections that Selby residents enjoy - i.e. the green bin is not collected over the Christmas period and when service resumes Christmas trees can be recycled).
By following the guidlines for recycling and filling our boxes correctly, a fortnightly grey bin collection is adequate. We would far rather have our green bin collected for a longer season (in line with the collections that Selby residents enjoy - i.e. the green bin is not collected over the Christmas period and when service resumes Christmas trees can be recycled). locals
  • Score: 18

2:24pm Wed 8 Jan 14

hustler says...

We too were without a recycling collection here for the best part of a month; I took several bags of carefully sorted recyclable materials to the skips/bottle banks at Tesco (Askham Bar) on the 27th December, but was unable to dispose of most of the items, as nearly all of the skips were overflowing, with piles of rubbish piled around them. The queue to get into Hazel Court that morning snaked all the way round the corner, almost back to the lights at Morrison's. I eventually managed to get rid of it all at ASDA (Monks Cross) later in the week. When planning for the next Festive Period, it is clear that collections for recycling need to be made as close to the usual days as possible - most households produce more waste at this time of year, yet have fewer collections.

As for disposing of the Christmas Tree in the green bin, good idea, but it'll be festering in there until the first week of April (at least according to the leaflet I received a few weeks back).
We too were without a recycling collection here for the best part of a month; I took several bags of carefully sorted recyclable materials to the skips/bottle banks at Tesco (Askham Bar) on the 27th December, but was unable to dispose of most of the items, as nearly all of the skips were overflowing, with piles of rubbish piled around them. The queue to get into Hazel Court that morning snaked all the way round the corner, almost back to the lights at Morrison's. I eventually managed to get rid of it all at ASDA (Monks Cross) later in the week. When planning for the next Festive Period, it is clear that collections for recycling need to be made as close to the usual days as possible - most households produce more waste at this time of year, yet have fewer collections. As for disposing of the Christmas Tree in the green bin, good idea, but it'll be festering in there until the first week of April (at least according to the leaflet I received a few weeks back). hustler
  • Score: 22

3:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

the original Homer says...

I think most people are happy enough with fortnightly "landfill" bin collections - but might need more frequent recycling bin collections.

I have a large recycling bin, which I fill every fortnight, whereas my landfill bin gets put out once every 6 to 8 weeks. If I had a family my recycling bin would be full in les than a week.

Garden waste bins need collecting all year round, but monthly would be frequent enough in Winter.
I think most people are happy enough with fortnightly "landfill" bin collections - but might need more frequent recycling bin collections. I have a large recycling bin, which I fill every fortnight, whereas my landfill bin gets put out once every 6 to 8 weeks. If I had a family my recycling bin would be full in les than a week. Garden waste bins need collecting all year round, but monthly would be frequent enough in Winter. the original Homer
  • Score: 14

3:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

pedalling paul says...

Eric Pickles should grasp the fact that fortnightly collections compel residents to recycle or overflow.

Problem with all this recycling is that present day archeologists depend on ancient rubbish to deduce what lifestyles were once like. Future archeologists who unearth our generation's layers of detrius may get a distorted picture......
Eric Pickles should grasp the fact that fortnightly collections compel residents to recycle or overflow. Problem with all this recycling is that present day archeologists depend on ancient rubbish to deduce what lifestyles were once like. Future archeologists who unearth our generation's layers of detrius may get a distorted picture...... pedalling paul
  • Score: 48

4:11pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

I'm happy with current alternate weeks, or at least I would be if the council was as committed to their recycling collection as they claim to be. As others have said, its the first to be jettisoned if there are any problems. Whilst additional black bin collections were put on over the Christmas period to compensate for no collection on Xmas week 'to prevent build up of rubbish', no one at the council appears to appreciate there will also be a build up of recycling due to extra packaging, guests etc, even without the missing recycling collection meaning we have no collection for a month. It was the same in the bad weather a couple of years ago- our recycling week was missed due to snow and so wasn't collected for a month, but the black bins missed were picked up.
I'm happy with current alternate weeks, or at least I would be if the council was as committed to their recycling collection as they claim to be. As others have said, its the first to be jettisoned if there are any problems. Whilst additional black bin collections were put on over the Christmas period to compensate for no collection on Xmas week 'to prevent build up of rubbish', no one at the council appears to appreciate there will also be a build up of recycling due to extra packaging, guests etc, even without the missing recycling collection meaning we have no collection for a month. It was the same in the bad weather a couple of years ago- our recycling week was missed due to snow and so wasn't collected for a month, but the black bins missed were picked up. Daisy75
  • Score: 9

4:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

lifes2 says...

one whole month in Dringhouses with no pick up for recycled rubbish, no green garden bin til April - saving the environment ? two words 'land fill'
one whole month in Dringhouses with no pick up for recycled rubbish, no green garden bin til April - saving the environment ? two words 'land fill' lifes2
  • Score: 6

4:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

YorkShrimper says...

18 flats in my block, we have normal grey wheelie bins to share between us (reduced from 5 of those industrial sized bins A shelf is provided for recycling (one small box for bottles, and a small box for cardboard) and no food recycling facility. From my perspective fortnightly collections are totally insufficient, but I do accept that what doesn't work for one is fine for another.

In relation to the story, all York residents should receive the same bin collection service, if the council will not reinstate weekly collections for all, then fornightly should be the norm for all. Is the councillor deliberately provokative, given general public percpetion of the "traveller" community.
18 flats in my block, we have normal grey wheelie bins to share between us (reduced from 5 of those industrial sized bins A shelf is provided for recycling (one small box for bottles, and a small box for cardboard) and no food recycling facility. From my perspective fortnightly collections are totally insufficient, but I do accept that what doesn't work for one is fine for another. In relation to the story, all York residents should receive the same bin collection service, if the council will not reinstate weekly collections for all, then fornightly should be the norm for all. Is the councillor deliberately provokative, given general public percpetion of the "traveller" community. YorkShrimper
  • Score: 10

5:43pm Wed 8 Jan 14

sootie69 says...

sootie69 wrote:
Totally agree with the recent post, we haven't had a recycling collection for a month and HAD to resort to taking SIX yes SIX bags of recycling to the local tip and tesco's . So much for COYC wanting to increase recycling if they can't be ef***g bothered to collect for a month. Think we should all withold our last months council tax!!!!
I bet the dick head we have in charge of the council dare not reply to us and would ensure we get taken to court if we fail to pay a proportion of our council tax as we have not recieved the services that we pay for.
[quote][p][bold]sootie69[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with the recent post, we haven't had a recycling collection for a month and HAD to resort to taking SIX yes SIX bags of recycling to the local tip and tesco's . So much for COYC wanting to increase recycling if they can't be ef***g bothered to collect for a month. Think we should all withold our last months council tax!!!![/p][/quote]I bet the dick head we have in charge of the council dare not reply to us and would ensure we get taken to court if we fail to pay a proportion of our council tax as we have not recieved the services that we pay for. sootie69
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

chelk says...

We did not get a recycle collection on the Friday after Christmas not sure why they could not collect maybe to give the workers an extra day off so all the extra recycle items have gone to landfill
We did not get a recycle collection on the Friday after Christmas not sure why they could not collect maybe to give the workers an extra day off so all the extra recycle items have gone to landfill chelk
  • Score: -62

6:37pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Rob YO24 says...

I, luckily, have managed to acquire an extra 3 boxes for recycling, but still had a metric f*ckton of recycling over Xmas period. Why do we only get little boxes when councils in other areas provide wheelie bins for recycling?
If we receive less service than those in other metropolitan areas, why do we pay the same council tax as them?!
I, luckily, have managed to acquire an extra 3 boxes for recycling, but still had a metric f*ckton of recycling over Xmas period. Why do we only get little boxes when councils in other areas provide wheelie bins for recycling? If we receive less service than those in other metropolitan areas, why do we pay the same council tax as them?! Rob YO24
  • Score: 7

6:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Ayemgee says...

The fortnightly collection of grey bins works well as does the recycling of paper,card, glass and cans. It seems to me that taken overall as a policy begun under a Labour Council and continued under the Lib Dem and the current administration that it has worked well, with occasional hiccups. My only complaint is that the recycling for many years does not go far enough and that there is far too much plastic still going to landfill.
The fortnightly collection of grey bins works well as does the recycling of paper,card, glass and cans. It seems to me that taken overall as a policy begun under a Labour Council and continued under the Lib Dem and the current administration that it has worked well, with occasional hiccups. My only complaint is that the recycling for many years does not go far enough and that there is far too much plastic still going to landfill. Ayemgee
  • Score: 5

6:59pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

TAX IS NOT A RETAIL MODEL FOR GOODS AND SERVICES.
TAX IS NOT A RETAIL MODEL FOR GOODS AND SERVICES. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -4

7:04pm Wed 8 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Mark Warters and Pickles again. Last time those two names were in the same story, wasn't it our Mr Warters claiming he would definitely get MX2 stopped on some fiendish legal technicality he had cleverly unearthed? Did well with that one, Mark.
Mark Warters and Pickles again. Last time those two names were in the same story, wasn't it our Mr Warters claiming he would definitely get MX2 stopped on some fiendish legal technicality he had cleverly unearthed? Did well with that one, Mark. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

As for disposing of the Christmas Tree in the green bin, good idea, but it'll be festering in there until the first week of April

LOL! Festering!
Is it a ham hock? Is it scrambled eggs? Fish skins? Stilton?
No. It's a tree. They're pretty inert when they're dead. They just tend to go all dry and woody.
Christmas trees burn well - the oil in the needles does it - the kids love it.


Got to love the drama on this page. Oh the bins! It's the end of the world!
[quote]As for disposing of the Christmas Tree in the green bin, good idea, but it'll be festering in there until the first week of April [/quote] LOL! Festering! Is it a ham hock? Is it scrambled eggs? Fish skins? Stilton? No. It's a tree. They're pretty inert when they're dead. They just tend to go all dry and woody. Christmas trees burn well - the oil in the needles does it - the kids love it. Got to love the drama on this page. Oh the bins! It's the end of the world! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -6

5:55am Thu 9 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Alll our recycling boxes plus extra bags are outside now, awaiting collection a bit later in the day for the first time in 4 weeks since the council decided to have an entire week off with no rescheduled collections for those affected (ie, combination bin + recycling collection the next week)
Alll our recycling boxes plus extra bags are outside now, awaiting collection a bit later in the day for the first time in 4 weeks since the council decided to have an entire week off with no rescheduled collections for those affected (ie, combination bin + recycling collection the next week) Magicman!
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Thu 9 Jan 14

powerwatt says...

How come a Council Officer is making a statement that should be from the Cabinet member?

Hiding behind officers?
How come a Council Officer is making a statement that should be from the Cabinet member? Hiding behind officers? powerwatt
  • Score: 3

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