An interesting report to a Council committee meeting which is taking place next week reveals that around 43% of the waste generated in the City is either recycled or composted. The percentage has remained constant over the last 5 years. Around 11,000 tonnes were collected at the kerbside last year
The total weight of rubbish generated last year rose to 83,575 tonnes but is still less than the 2015 peak of 87,069 tonnes
The net cost of kerbside recycling collections is put at £1.2 million per annum
Residual waste from York is now incinerated.
The report tackles the vexed issue of plastics recycling. It says,
“Mixed plastic is a term that covers all non-bottle plastic packaging from households. It includes rigid and flexible plastic packaging items of various polymer types and colours and excludes plastic bottles and nonpackaging items.
At the moment plastic bottles are the only plastic material officially accepted in our kerbside recycling collection. They are made of high-grade plastic material PET1 (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and HDPE2 (High Density Polyethylene) which have consistently strong recycling markets in which to sell the material. Mixed plastic, however, can be poorer quality and dirty. These factors, coupled with the instability of the recycling markets, has meant that it has previously not been possible to consider introducing mixed plastics to the existing kerbside recycling collection.
Some mixed plastic is already put into the recycling boxes by residents and we collect it. This low level of ‘contamination’ material is currently acceptable to our contractor (Yorwaste Ltd) because our recycling is mixed with other recycling, thus reducing the overall percentage of contamination.
Black plastic doesn’t reflect light, so cannot be seen and sorted by the scanners in the recycling facility and could end up contaminating other materials such as glass bottles.”
The report also seeks to explain why it sometimes appears that items separated for recycling are all put into the same compartment in the bin lorry.
When collecting recycling some crews tip boxes of recycling into separate wheelie bins, once the wheelie bin is full it is then emptied into the relevant compartment in the refuse collection vehicle .There is a perception from some residents that comingling is taking place when it isn’t, as they just see recycling boxes being tipped into a wheelie bin and then into what they think is an ordinary refuse vehicle, not one with separate compartments. We have therefore introduced different coloured wheelie bins for tins/plastic and cardboard/paper.
The report says that some comingled recycling is transported to a processing centre at Seamer Carr.
There are only limited markets for such material and the processing cost (including transfer) for dealing with such material is c.£65 per tonne and we receive no income, we are currently comingling around 320 tonnes per month.
The York Council has issued the following statement;
“Today crews have collected the vast majority of scheduled household, recycling and garden waste.
We have however been unable to collect green waste from some areas due to driver shortages. Areas affected are:
• Fulford South ( Fordlands Road area )
We will endeavour to recollect these bins on Saturday 11th August.
We have also been unable to collect household waste from some sections of the below streets because of blocked access by badly parked cars;
• ‘The Covert’ Hunters Way, off Tadcaster Road
• New Walk Terrace
• Lower Ebor Street
We hope to collect any outstanding waste from these streets tomorrow; therefore please leave your waste it in place and we will collect. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience”.
Important service update
Today crews have collected all scheduled household, recycling and garden waste and also collected the remaining garden waste bins in Middlethorpe
We have been able to access and clear all waste from Westwood Terrace today. We were not able to get into Jennifer Grove again (because of badly parked cars) and will re visit on Saturday.
We hope to collect any remaining garden waste towards the end of the week and continue into Saturday. If your bin has not been collected please leave it in place and we will collect it as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.
The York Council says,
“We are still working hard to catch up on garden waste collections and have managed to collect today from another 593 properties in the Tadcaster Road area.
Unfortunately, we were unable to collect garden waste in the Tang Hall area. If you live in Tang Hall and are affected by this please leave your green bin out for collection and we will collect it as soon as we can.
Despite the crew working beyond their shift, 200 properties on Thoresby Road Acomb did not receive a recycling collection today due to the volume of waste presented. The team will return to collect this tomorrow. Please present your recycling for collection by 7am Wednesday”.
A new York Council report reveals that 12,649 tonnes of green (garden) waste was collected from households in the city last year. In addition 2,214 household waste sites generated a further 2.214 tonnes.
The cost of collecting the green waste was £515,000 while disposal cost £267,000.
The green waste is composted and made available free of charge for gardeners.
The Council says that if the green waste went to landfill it would cost taxpayers around £1.5 million. It would not be viable to burn the waste at the Allerton Park incinerator.
The amount of green waste collected for each York household is similar to that produced in the county as a whole. In York charges are only levied for additional bins.
Potential boost for York’s frontline services
- £1.031 million is used to increase capacity in some of York’s crucial frontline services by utilising £620k that has been unspent and a further £411k of unused contingency fund.
- It is also proposed that an extra £1 million is brought forward from the 2019/20 budget to resurface some of the worst roads in the City, as a result of the recent extreme winter weather.
- Creating a new work programme for footpath repairs across the city.
- Establishing an additional team to carry out pothole maintenance.
- Providing new resources for enforcement teams to control dangerous parking, with a special focus on improving safety around schools.
- Allowing residents who have had recycling boxes damaged or stolen to claim two free boxes per year.
- Using the Economic Infrastructure Fund to support high street shopping in Haxby and Acomb.
- Creating a fund to support voluntary and community groups who wish to develop innovative ideas on how to make the best use of our green spaces.
The York Council says it will collect garden waste tomorrow morning from 33 streets in Poppleton and Rawcliffe.
They were unable to collect them today due to a power outage which affected the site where waste is processed. Using manual rather than electronic processing has taken longer than usual, so they have not been able to complete the rounds.
The Council asks those affected to leave their bins out by 7:00am, Saturday 26 May
Full list of streets affected is:
Poppleton area: Allerton Drive, Bankside Close, Beech Way, Brackenhills, Chantry Avenue, Chantry Gap, Chantry Grove, Easthorpe Drive, Ebor Way, Hawthorn Close, Lime Garth, Littfield Close, Little Garth, Main Street, Midway Avenue, Montague Walk, Nether Way, Nursery Road, Riverside Drive, Sandy Ridge, School Lane, Springfield Road.
Rawcliffe: area Blenheim Court, Cathness Close, Connway Close, Greenwich Close, Hatfield Close, Highgrove Close, Holyrood Drive, Marlborough Close, Osborne Drive, Somerset Close, St James Close
City of York Council is reminding residents that garden waste collections start again from Easter Monday (2 April).
The collections from nearly 67000 homes will run fortnightly until late November.
Last year City of York Council collected just under 13000 tonnes of garden waste from York homes. All this waste is turned into compost, with some for sale at Hazel Court household waste recycling centre.
Councillor Andrew Waller, deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for the environment, said:
“We run the green bin service when residents do most of their gardening, so Easter Monday is a great time to start this year’s collections.
“For those without a green bin, we offer discounted home compost bins and or they can take garden waste to one of our household waste recycling centres.
“We’d also like to remind all residents that, especially after we make a major change like reintroducing garden waste, the times of collections can change. So please put your bins or boxes out before 7am on your collections day.”
Black bin and recycling collections also continue on the bank holidays.
You can check your bin day on your collection calendar, or online at www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup
You can also get free reminders of all your waste and recycling collections to your smartphone or tablet. Just download the One Planet York app for apple or android.
Residents without a green bin are also able to take garden waste to Hazel Court and Towthorpe Household Waste Recycling Centres. Alternatively, the council offers a special discounted rate on home compost bins. Go to www.york.gov.uk/composting