Well we know that it was one of the first cuts that Labour made when they took office in 2011.
The project was to have replaced the Beckfield Lane recycling centre but would have offered much more.
Its priority would have been to encourage the re-use of unwanted items. Currently only informal on-line groups like Freecycle address this need.
Only when the re-use option was exhausted would materials have been salvaged. For example, there is a ready market for building materials such as timber, bricks and hard-core.
Not only was the Beckfield Lane site closed but the replacement – which would probably have been located at Harewood Whin – was also scrapped.
In part the decision contributed to the decline in recycling rates in the City and an inexorable rise in Landfill Tax costs.
The £2 million salvage centre would have paid for itself by now.
Sadly many residents resort to dumping items. One armchair has found its way onto a verge on Gale Lane today. Although some of these items are picked up by “rag and bone” men, many have to be removed by the Council.
Dumped mattresses are a particular problem for those lacking transport to get to the remaining 2 civic tips.
The York Council now charges £40 to remove up to 10 bulky waste items
Small wonder that so many residents are petitioning their objections to reduced waste collection frequencies and the prospect of a £35/£37 pa charge for emptying green garden waste bins.