It looks like the Councils leaflet explaining when waste will be collected has failed to reach many residents.
In some streets today the majority had put out recycling expecting it to be removed. (There is no waste collection this week).
Recycling put out for collection today
NB. 1,512 York households have paid for an additional garden waste collection bin compared to a budgeted estimate of 3,500.
We have had reports that some residents have not yet received their new rubbish collection calendars.
You can access a look up table which gives details of collection arrangements for your postcode by clicking here
There are no scheduled refuse collections this week. Many residents will take advantage of the recycling facilities dotted around the City. Some are already full to overflowing. We have asked for them to be emptied.
Skips are next due to visit west York on 3rd January 2015
Recycling bin at Tesco full on Sunday
Following the citywide distribution of 2014/15 waste and recycling calendars, City of York Council is reminding residents when collections will take place over the festive period.
To prevent a build up of rubbish all households will receive a rubbish collection the week before and the week after Christmas.
However, household recycling and rubbish collections will not take place from 22 December to 26 December.
All households which are due a rubbish or recycling collection on Thursday 1 January will receive a rubbish collection on Saturday 3 January instead, but there will be no recycling collections on this day.
The extra garden waste collections will take place during the weeks commencing 19th and 26th January 2015.
The collections will be on residents normal recycling collection day.
Christmas trees will also be collected at the same time.
Residents should by now have received a new collection calendar (right).
If not please visit the Council’s Facebook site.
The York Council has issued a statement saying,
“City of York Council has taken the decision to add a further collection in January to pick up out of season garden waste.
With high temperatures continuing and both hedges and lawns continuing to grow, the York Council has come under increased pressure to make at least one additional green bin emptying visit before Christmas.
All the opposition groups on the Council have written to the responsible Cabinet member (Cllr Merrett) asking for the green bins to be emptied. Labour scrapped the emptying of green bins last year leaving residents without a service between November and March.
An electronic petition is being raised in support of the change
The move is backed by Liberal Democrat Councillors who have issued a statement saying
“We are calling on the Labour Cabinet to organise an additional citywide garden waste collection this month. As was the case last year, Liberal Democrat campaigners have been approached by a number of residents in recent days who are frankly bemused that the last green bin collection of the year will shortly be completed, while leaves are still falling from the trees across York.
“Residents are faced with a choice of burning their garden waste, driving across York to the remaining recycling centres or putting it into their grey waste collection – which will further increase waste sent to landfill and of course increase landfill tax.
A special garden waste collection is the only sensible option and would show residents that the council is listening to local concerns and determined to take action to reduce landfill tax.
Cost has been cited as a reason not to act, but given the rising landfill tax costs – it would surely be better for the council to spend the money on collecting the green waste rather than on the additional landfill tax which would result in not collecting the green waste.”
The joint letter from the opposition parties reads:
Residents are asking the York Council to continue to empty green bins at least until Christmas.
The request comes as – with warm weather continuing until late into the autumn for the second successive year – large amounts of green waste are continuing to accumulate.
Labour stopped emptying bins at the beginning of November as an economy measure last year. However many residents simply put the waste into grey bins, increasing the amount going to land fill.
This meant that the Council had to pay more in landfill tax
Residents can sign a petition on the council’s web site. Click here
The petition reads
“We the undersigned petition the council to continue to collect green waste throughout the winter, or at least until Christmas 2014
As most people have leaves and other green waste, we want it to be collected later in the year. Not to stop at the end of October“
A working group report has revealed the kind of charges that Labour Councillors want to introduce for waste collection.
As we have previously forecast, Labour intend to charge for emptying green bins but it also seems that other costs may also be passed on to customers.
The changes are likely to cover:
- Gardening waste collection
- Bulky waste collection
- Clinical waste collection
Of these, by far the most controversial is likely to be turning the green bin emptying into a subscription service.
Information from 46 other local authorities suggests that 40% charge for the service (as does York now for supplementary bins).
30 of the Council’s also collect food waste. This would be a welcome enhancement of the services available in York and which would reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill (and thereby reduce landfill tax payments)
Across the country subscription charges range from £17 pa to £75 pa.
Most Councils provide a service throughout the year but reduce collection frequencies in winter (York stops collections together)
Evidence suggests that 45% of households elsewhere would pay £20 a year for an emptying service.
This falls to 5% if the charge is £50.
We doubt that many residents will even know that this option is being considered.
The new, balanced, Council may simply choose now to restrict any changes to collection arrangements to covering more of the year with green bin collections and refining the charges made for bulky waste collection.