The York Council has issued the following statement;
“It has clearly been a great week for gardening as we have struggled to keep up with all the garden waste that you put out for us. Unfortunately, we were unable to collect the garden waste from 50 – 60 and 49 – 59 Bramham Road and Marsden Avenue.
We were also unable to collect the recycling from around 35 properties on Chapelfields Road but this was because of roadworks. The properties affected are the odd numbered ones between the Bramham Road and Ridgeway junctions.
We could not get access to Walton Place to collect the green waste.
If you are affected by any of these matters, please put your recycling out by 7am tomorrow and we will endeavour to return and collect. We are very sorry for any problems that this may cause”.
It is over 2 years since the York Council started to charge for emptying second and subsequent green (garden waste) bins.
The charge was controversial at the time as there were fears that excess compostable waste would simply be put into grey bins and subsequently land-filled.
There were also concerns that some might be fly tipped.
New figures reveal that the numbers prepared to pay for green bin emptying have fallen.
- The number of subscriptions in 2015 was 1,320
- The number of subscriptions in 2016 was 1,146
Green bins currently cost £37 a year to empty.
The Council therefore has secured an income, through the charges, of around £43,000 a year.
Landfill Tax cost York taxpayers over £4 million in 2016.
This years figure is expected to be even higher.
Plans to empty Green Bins on two additional occasions this winter will be considered on 10th August.
An officer report outlines options to either
- have two additional green waste collections in November or
- one additional collection in November with one additional collection in January.
Last year the then Labour led Council was heavily criticised for ending green bin emptying at the end of October. Only a by election win for the Liberal Democrats in the Westfield ward prompted the newly balanced Council to add in an additional collection in January.
The published report fails to indicate how much green waste was collected during this January collection which was also intended to pick up discarded Christmas trees.
Nor is any weekly collection volume data is included.
The same meeting will confirm bin emptying arrangements for the Christmas period. The paper includes plans to improve recycling collections by reducing from four weeks to three weeks the maximum time that people would need to wait between collections.
Roughly half the city missed one recycling collection during the Christmas period last year and so had to wait 4 weeks between collections.
The Council have yet to publish details of any pre decision all party discussion meeting. In the absence of such a meeting residents will be able to make representations at the meeting on 10th and also to make written representations.
Massive opposition to green bin charges and reduced bin emptying frequencies
Council consultation leaflet click to access
Over 2700 residents have signed the petition objecting to green bin emptying charges and a possible reduction in grey bin emptying frequency (to every 3 or 4 weeks).
The signatures were obtained in a “door to door” campaign conducted mainly on the west of the city.
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The petition can now be signed “on line” (click). Internet access to the petition was suspended during the election campaign.
The proposed changes to bin emptying arrangements were first promoted by Labour Councillors at the beginning of the year.
They authorised a – largely bogus – consultation exercise about options but failed to report the results of the opinion survey.
The bins petition will now be presented to the next ordinary Council meeting which is scheduled to take place on 16th July.
The petition opposing the introduction of a £35 green bin emptying tax – and opposing any move to 3 or 4 weekly emptying frequencies – has gathered hundreds of signatures on the doorstep in west York.
The on-line version will be available on the Council’s web site until 30th March and will then be suspended during the Council election run up.
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However it will be available again from 8th May. Residents can sign it by clicking here
Meanwhile the City of York Council is reminding residents of a number of changes to the waste and recycling service this Spring.
- A reminder that this year’s garden waste collections start from Monday (March 30):
Residents can look up collections or download a 2015 rubbish and recycling calendar at www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup
- Residents are asked to ensure their bins are presented by 7am on the day of their collection, but no earlier than 7pm the evening before.
- Ahead of the new collection season, households with more than one green wheeled bin can subscribe to the additional green bin scheme which operates during the usual garden waste season.
- From 1 April, the charge will be £37 per additional green bin that residents would like emptied. To find out more about the additional bin subscription scheme visit www.york.gov.uk/recycling.
- To join the additional bin scheme, and have more than one bin emptied, call 01904 551551 or ‘apply for it’ via the secure website at www.york.gov.uk/DoItOnline
- Changes to the price of disposing of certain items at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) from 1 April:
For items such as bricks/rubble, gas bottles, plasterboard and bonded asbestos, visit the website here for a full list of prices, or ask a member of staff on-site.
FREE compost giveaway 2015 dates announced:
In partnership with Yorwaste, compost is available every Sunday from 19 April to 20 September (except for Bank Holiday weekends) at the Harewood Whin site, which is open from 8am to 1pm.
Anyone wishing to take advantage of the giveaway just need to turn up, and bring a shovel and a suitable bag or container to put the soil improver in.
Home composting is also a great way to manage garden waste at home and provide nutrient rich compost for gardens. Visit www.getcomposting.com for further information.
Residents can also recycle their additional garden waste at Hazel Court and Towthorpe Household Waste Recycling Centres free of charge in a car. Residents using larger vehicles or trailers will need to apply for permits to use the sites.
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The Council is set to stick with its decision to end green bin emptying in October each year.
The service now starts again in April.
A Council report claims that most residents either store up their green waste in winter or take it to one of York’s two civic amenity recycling centres.
The report does not say how much waste was collected in the additional collection arranged in January of this year.
The Council accepts though that some garden waste found its way into grey bins, adding to the Landfill Tax burden that must be funded by Council Taxpayers.