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Bin Collection Changes In York - Bedding In Problems

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8:29am 11th September 2013

"Bedding in problems" are being blamed for people in Copmanthorpe not having their bins emptied.

Minster FM reported on Monday that ten-thousand homes in York will see their collections change as new bin lorries hit the road.

The city council says you need to put your bin out before 7am and if you haven't it'll be collected the next day.

Councillor Ann Reid, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environmental Services, commented:

“Last Christmas a failure to properly inform residents of changes to collection days led to chaos as rubbish overflowed and people simply did not know when their bins would be emptied.

“I fear that a repeat is now happening this week as we have already had reports that bins were left un-emptied in Copmanthorpe on Monday despite the new schedules saying they would be emptied. If the Council is now not following their own schedule it is a recipe for a repeat of the sort of chaos we saw over Christmas.

“Residents and councillors only seem to have been informed at the last minute about the changes and inevitably there will be some people who did not pick-up the information, particularly as they were not properly advertised on the council website.

“Meanwhile, the problems seem to be having a knock-on effect in areas where there were no schedule changes with residents in the Pulleyn Drive area not having their green bins emptied yesterday.

“Residents already have little faith in the Labour run Council to deliver basic services such as waste collection and I fear that mistrust will grow this week.”

Geoff Derham, head of Waste & Fleet services, said: “As a result of these important changes to the waste service our collection rounds are now more manageable and effective. A small number of households in York will see significant changes to the day and time that their rubbish and recycling is collected and the vast majority of households (72,000 homes) will continue to receive their normal collections on the same day on a fortnightly basis. In addition to this, 824 households will now benefit from recycling and garden waste collections for the first time.

 “Some bedding-in issues are to be expected when introducing such significant changes and a small number of properties have seen short delays. Crews are still settling into their new rounds and, to prevent delays, we would emphasise the need for residents to present their waste and recycling by 7am on the day of their collection, as some collections are earlier than they have been used to in the past. If a household hasn’t received a collection then it will be prioritised for the following day. All households in York were sent new calendars relating to their collection before the changes came into effect this week.”

Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor David Levene said:

 "Though the Council has written directly to the small number of properties that will see a significant change to their collections, there will inevitably be the odd issue to iron out when moving to a new system. We would ask residents to ensure they put their waste and recycling out before 7am on their collection days, and would ask the Liberal Democrats to calm down and stop scaremongering for political gain.  Their own handling of the move to fortnightly refuse collections was a mess so they are in no place to judge”.

You can look up your bin collections by postcode at http://tinyurl.com/York-bin

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