A report on changes to recycling collection in York was discussed at a meeting which took place on 3rd March. Three options were considered.
- . The council could focus on programmes to help encourage
residents to recycle more.
- Maintaining the weekly collection principle changes could be
made which increase capacity by supplying new containers,
enabling residents to collect more of their recycling.
- Maintaining the weekly collection principle, changes could be
made to increase the range of materials collected.
A few days later these options had metamorphosed into something more specific. Without any prior consultation, or even notice, a Council committee on 25th March were offered three new options.
The committee eliminated options A and C and an official has now (26/3/21) confirmed that residents will only be consulted on Option B.
This would involve a reduction in the collection frequency to 3 weekly for recycling and garden waste. Storage space for an extra wheeled bin will be needed. Each property would have 3 wheeled bins plus 2 recycling boxes (for paper). There are no changes proposed to grey bin emptying which would continue on a fortnightly basis.
Rather bizarrely option B also involves green waste collection throughout the whole year although the amount of green waste presented between December and March has historically been tiny.
This whole exercise looks to have been rushed through in a belated attempt to influence the specification of new collection vehicles which are needed urgently to replace the existing obsolescent, and unreliable, fleet.
It is unclear how the Council will consult on their preferred option or even if the status quo will be a choice that is offered,