Recycling bank locations Feb 2017
The Council is set to review the future of its network of recycling banks.
These banks range from small sites collecting less than 1 tonnes of recyclate each year to highly successful facilities like Tesco on Tadcaster Road (519 tonnes), Acomb car park (60 tonnes) and ASDA at Monks Cross (44.5 tonnes). A full list of sites, their usage and costs can be found by clicking here
The Council says that it costs £56,000 a year to service the 49 sites and that around 1500 tonnes of recyclate is collected each year. Some of the banks are run by charities and are self supporting
In a report to a meeting taking place next week, the Council fails to say how much landfill tax – or fly tipping clean-up costs – are saved by the network.
The report says that some sites are used primary by businesses and that they should be closed. The report fails to list the sites affected.
York currently has two major Household Waste Recycling centres which offer a full range of recycling opportunities.
The Acomb side of the City has not had a local equivalent since the Beckfield Lane site was closed in 2013 (by the last Labour administration). No proposals are currently on the table to revive the project to provide the salvage and reuse centre which had been planned for the Harewood Whin site.
Paper bank at Acomb car park
The Council says that it will start a public consultation on the future of the “bring sites” in April
While we think that a regular review of recycling arrangements is needed, there are some glaring anomalies in the proposals.
The Council still seems insensitive to the needs of the many people who don’t have vehicles in which to transport rubbish to central locations.
Several of the existing sites look very tatty (Acomb Car park) with some of the containers not having been repainted for several years. Site housekeeping is inconsistent with rubbish too often stacked around the banks.
Future of neighbourhood skip service still unclear
Critically some of the banks have often been full in recent years – a dispiriting result for residents seeking to dispose of their waste in a responsible way
And then there is the threat to end the regular skip visits which are a well-established and appreciated amenity on many sub-urban estates. Visit dates, for the period after 1st April, have not been published.
The Council should get these issues sorted out before it considers reducing the accessibility of existing recycling facilities.
NB. The same meeting will consider a report on the use of funding for “community recycling” initiatives. None of the planned initiatives are in the Westfield/Acomb areas.