Street cleansing issues also increase following holiday break
The Council says that the volume of recycling put out today on the west of the City exceeded the capacity of its collection vehicles. Their waste update website can be viewed by clicking here They hope to catch up tomorrow(Wednesday)
We’ve submitted numerous reports of litter across the area. This may partly be due to insecure recycling arrangements.
Hopefully residents will help to get the area looking smart again by undertaken some volunteer litter picks.
One frustrations for residents, who try to make an effort to recycle, is finding facilities full or closed.
Today the bottle banks at Acomb car park were full to overflowing. This has happened before during holiday periods. The Council should be aware of the issue and take steps to check that capacity is available for keen recyclers throughout the year.
NB. The Council, says that it intends to use only “green energy” in future. A meeting next week is being asked to move the authority over to the use of energy produced only from sustainable sources. There will be a modest increase in costs for taxpayers of around £6000 a year.
More details are being made available of a contract for the supply of furniture and “white goods” (e.g. fridges) to Universal Credit claimants in York.
It is part of the York Financial Assistance scheme, which is designed to help the poorest members of our community cope with budgeting pressures.
The contract is expected to be worth over £250,000.
Once again the Executive member (Nigel Ayre) has agreed to consider this proposal at a public decision meeting which is being held on 16th December.
Although the decision to seek tenders for this service isn’t particularly controversial, and any expenditure will be within budget allocations, the move to publish background papers will be welcomed by many taxpayers.
Hopefully other Executive Councillors will adopt a similar approach to transparency in the future.
TheCommunity Furniture Store (CFS) is the current provider of household goods for the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS). The scheme, which is funded by City of York Council, provides basic furnishing for people in need as a result of a urgent personal circumstances.
Fly tipping near the clothes banks at the Acomb Wood Drive shopping area has now been removed. The Council acted promptly to address the issue following our report last week. There is space in the banks for more clothes now.
We hope that the various charities which have clothes and shoe banks at various locations around the City will check that they are not full. The Christmas period tends to be a busy one for recycling. It is frustrating for residents who try to do the right thing and give the clothes to a good cause.
NB. The Council are making their final green bin emptying collections in most areas this week. Green bin emptying will start again in April
The Council said yesterday (Tuesday) that it had failed to collect recycling from Tedder Road and Slessor Road. They blamed a vehicle breakdown.
The Council says that they will call back to collect the recycling on SATURDAY.
We suspect that message may have not got back to residents. Most have left their recycling on the street. Normally this might not matter – if it was secured from wind and animal attacks – but with the arrival of “Mischief Night” we think residents would be wise to put the recycling in a secure place.
Often the Council says that it will catch up with collections on the next working day; but not in this case. This is confusing for residents.
It does raise several questions about how effective the Councils communications channels are. Failings in the waste collection service this summer have been so frequent it almost requires a daily update from them using all social media channels.
The Council might also issue regular updates indicating when more reliable vehicles, with adequate capacity, will be delivered.
The report starts by saying “Decisions about waste
collection methodology impact upon the specification of replacement waste
vehicles, the replacement of which is imperative to the sustainability of the
In truth, new vehicles should have been purchased months ago.
They weren’t and as a result breakdown are a major cause of the decline in reliability
standards. The report offers little hope of early, decisive action.
The report concludes that separate food waste collection is
not necessary. This is because food waste forms part of the anaerobic digestion
process at the Allerton processing site. It is part of a process which results
in power being generated from waste.
Similar arguments are advanced against the mixed collection
The report talks about a further review of recycling bring
banks “to stop collecting the same materials as door step collection, but
focus on materials not collected at the door step” The authors seems to be oblivious
to the fact that many residents are forced to use the bring banks because of
lack of capacity in the doorstep service.
“The current recycling arrangements are that Yorwaste process
the recylclates at the Harewood Whin Material Recycling Facility and sell the
products to market. The current gross cost of recycling is £725k however this
is offset by the recyclate sales that total c£600k”.
The report fails to identify the “lead in time” for the purchase
of new vehicles. There are no milestones. It lacks any analysis of the number of missed bin
collections or their causes. It fails to say when sustained improvement could be
Altogether it amounts a bit of public posturing with no apology to the taxpayers who are being inconvenienced each day by vehicle breakdowns and trucks reaching their capacity limits.
Daily reports on missed bin collections can be found via this link click