York to trial electric waste vehicle

City of York Council are set to trial a new state of the art, zero emission, electric refuse collection vehicle this week.

The vehicle is the first of its kind, using electric to both power the vehicle and compact waste, meaning there are zero emissions.

The three day trial will give the council time to see how the truck performs. The 27-tonne truck runs on lithium-ion batteries and is designed for urban environments with short routes and can complete a full ten hour shift on one charge.

Deputy leader of the council and executive member for the environment, Cllr Andrew Waller, said: “As a council we’re always looking at ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint and emissions to improve air quality. Electric vehicle technology has progressed at an extremely quick rate over the past years, allowing larger vehicles to travel longer in between charges.

“We’re keen to see expanding our electric vehicle fleet with electric waste vehicles is a way in which we can look to reduce our carbon footprint without affecting the serve residents receive.”

Russell Markstein, Electra’s Commercial Director commented: “The City of York is the conclusion of six months of trials of the Electra in both urban and rural locations. York is the perfect environment for the Electra to operate, with zero emissions and near silent operation, the residents and businesses in the City will visibly see the Council’s efforts in reducing its carbon footprint”

The trial has been offered to the council for free from Electra Commercial Vehicles.

Move to address declining refuse collection reliability in York

Council invests additional £125,000 in waste & recycling services

click to access CYC waste Facebook site

 

Following recent challenges to the Council’s Waste & Recycling Service, Councillors have agreed to spend £125K on improving the resilience of the service.

At a meeting of the Council Executive on Thursday (29th November 2018), it was agreed to use £125k from the waste reserve to recruit and train more staff ahead of the winter season.

Earlier this year a national shortage of HGV drivers, sickness and poor weather caused a number of issues for the Waste & Recycling Service.

In response, improving the service was made a priority; including rectifying missed collections and holding a successful recruitment day for staff in September.

A further report will be taken to an Executive Member decision session next month, recommending a new driver apprentice programme, in order to support the service in the long-term.  If approved, the Council will develop a driver apprentice programme within the waste team to train drivers as early as next year.

Councillor Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Environment, said:

“This year has been a challenging one for our Waste & Recycling Service, because, like many other areas in the country, we have felt the effects of a national shortage in HGV drivers.”

“Residents have, quite rightly, felt frustrated by missed collections and that is why we have been working hard to identify the best approach to supporting the service amidst these challenges.”

“Therefore, I am pleased that the Council Executive has agreed to invest a further £125K in the service, as this will allow us to immediately take steps in improving the resilience of the service, particularly before the busy Winter period.  This is a short-term measure and one of many we are looking at to support the service.” (more…)

New refuse collection timetables being delivered to homes

…. as Council struggles to fill bin lorry vacancies, new apprenticeship scheme announced

Residents should receive a personalised refuse collection timetable through their letterboxes during the next few days. It covers the next 12 months and explains when to expect collections over the busy Christmas period.

It makes no reference to the One Planet App which was discontinued last week following concerns about hacking. Consequently there is no readily available mobile link which provides up to date information for those on the move.

Green bin emptying has now stopped and will recommence in April

Unfortunately the leaflet, while explaining what can be recycled at the kerbside, fails to explain how to safely dispose of other items such as hard plastics.

Signage at the recycling centres such as Hazel Court is also in need of refreshing.

There is some information on the Councils web site click here

Meanwhile the Council is trying to fill some long term vacancies in its refuse management teams. In recent weeks there have been several occasions when recycling has not been collected. Details are usually posted on their Facebook page (click) each day.

The Council has issued a statement saying,

“Earlier this year, City of York Council made a number of changes to waste services to address some of the challenges it’s faced including a national shortage of HGV drivers, sickness and poor weather.

Whilst the pressures have been on prioritising household waste and box recycling services, as statutory services mandated by public health acts. The consequence of this is that garden waste collections have been the most affected.

In addition to training loaders as LGV/HGV drivers from within the waste services team, a successful recruitment day was also held in September, with an accelerated application process.

In addition this, the council is making further improvements in the coming months to its IT systems, so that drivers can be guided during the rounds, allowing them to flag issues but also accurately record uncompleted rounds. Staff will also be used as drivers and loaders so that if there is a shortage of either, the council can use existing staff to help.

There is also an opportunity to replace the council fleet over the next few years. The majority of the current vehicles are due to be paid for at the end of this financial year and work has started to specify the fleet.  New vehicles are expected to arrive in 2020.

More can be done though and on top of the above, a report will be taken an Executive Member decision session next month, recommending a new driver apprentice programme.

If approved, the council will develop a driver apprentice programme within the waste team to train drivers as early as next year. This would enable staff to be trained and as a result retained by the council”.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “I’d like to thank staff for working extra days to make up for missed collections. We’ve already made a lot of changes to the service but we know more can be done to improve the service’s reliability. So, it’s important that we learn from the challenges the service has faced and the decisions made, so that we can give our front-line crews the chance to provide the best service possible to our residents.”

The decision session meeting takes place on Monday 3 December from 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

Driver shortages blamed again as more bins not emptied by York Council.

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 )
• Naburn
• Elvington

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”.

Latest on waste collection backlog in York

Important service update from city of York Council

Today crews have collected all scheduled household, recycling and gardenwaste and also collected the remaining garden waste bins in Acaster Malbis.

Crews will be out on Saturday and Sunday to collect garden waste in Copmanthorpe and Tang Hall. 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.

We have not been able to collect all recycling from the Grain Store housing development on Water End because of road re-surfacing. If you are affected please put recycling out by 7am on Monday 16 July when the crew will return to finish collections.

We apologise to residents in terraced streets of the Groves and Clifton areas, that we were not able to re collect your waste before your next scheduled collection

15,000 tonnes of green waste collected by York Council last year

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.

Waste collections today – several streets in west York missed

The Council have issued the following statement

“We have been unable to complete refuse collections in some streets today due to a vehicle breakdown. Streets affected:

  • Barkston Avenue (part)
  • Walton Place
  • Brmham Avenue (part)
  • Marston Crescent/ Marston Avenue
  • Tithe Close (today due to telecoms work blocking access).

We will return to complete these streets on Wednesday. Please put your bin back out by 7am”

Extra bin collection in York – Reminder

Every household in the city will get a black bin or sack collection next week and after Christmas.

City of York Council has organised the extra black bin collections to help households manage the extra waste over the festive period.

Residents need to put their black bins out on their usual black bin collection day next week. With no normal collections over Christmas week, residents are also being urged to check which week their recycling collections are due.

There are also special arrangements for anyone whose bins would be collected on New Year’s Day – these will instead be collected on Friday 29 December.

The Christmas arrangements in full are:

Monday 18 – Friday 22   December

·         Every household has a black bin collection on their normal black bin collection day

·         Recycling collected as normal

Monday 25 – Friday 29 December

·         No normal recycling or bin collections

Monday 1 January

·         All collections due on Monday 1 January collected on Friday 29 December

(including the extra black bin collection)

Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 January

·         Every household has a black bin collection on their normal black bin collection day

·         Recycling collected as normal

Councillor Andrew Waller, interim deputy leader and executive member for waste, said:

“This extra festive black bin collection shows how the council is working residents to help with waste and recycling, and encouraging people to reduce waste.

“I’d like  to wish everyone a happy Christmas, and remind them to check their calendars, our website and household waste centres to see just how much – from trees to wrapping paper – can be recycled.”

Residents can check their collection days using:

  • ·         the  calendar which the council distributed to households across the city in October and November
  • ·         online at www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup
  • ·         get free alerts to smartphones or tablets by downloading the OnePlanetYork app from itunes or google playstore.

The city’s household waste centres are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s day.  To check what can go in your recycling boxes, visit www.york.gov.uk/waste

Delays on refuse collection in parts of York

The York Council has not been able to collect all recycling in Acomb which was missed yesterday (due to vehicle breakdown). They will return on Thursday to collect all recycling which is still not collected from the following streets:

  • Lidget Grove,
  • Church Gate,
  • Wheatlands Grove,
  • Shirley Avenue,
  • Springwood Grove,
  • Almsford Drive,
  • Celtic Close,
  • Cranbrook Avenue,
  • Cranbrook Road.

In addition the Council has not been able to collect recycling today from rural areas in Askham Bryan and Acaster Malbis plus

  • The Garden Village,
  • Earswick Chase,
  • Northlands Avenue,
  • Lock House Lane,

They hope to collect this recycling tomorrow. Please have your recycling ready for 7am.