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Unhappiness Over Christmas Bin Collections In York


7:39am 29th November 2013

There's unhappiness over a lack of Christmas week bin collections in York.

The city council says it'll be doing rubbish collections the weeks before and after Christmas to limit the build up. But it's warning of delays in collections due to the amount of rubbish and is advising people to use recycling banks and tips.

Christmas and New Year waste calendars are being sent to households city-wide in December with collection dates on.

All households due a rubbish collection on 1 January will get a collection on Saturday 4 January, say the council, but there will be no recycling collections on the 1st January itself.

City centre properties serviced by Friends of St Nicholas Fields recycling service will not receive collections on 25, 26 and 27 December, say the council. They add that affected properties are asked to please put out extra recycling on their next scheduled collection day (separated into open bags or boxes). For any queries about the Friends recycling service call 01904 411821.

City of York Council are asking people to put their bins or boxes out by 7am on the day of their collection, but no earlier than 7pm the evening before. They add that the council will be unable to return to empty bins or boxes that were not out by this time.

The council will collect extra recycling from homes from the week commencing 6 January and people are asked to put their recycling (extra paper, cardboard and plastic bottle/cans) in separate open bags. The council also says it will not be able to collect extra glass, but people can recycle their glass at recycling banks around the city. For more details visit www.york.gov.uk/recycling.

Geoff Derham, Head of Waste and Fleet at City of York Council, said: "The council will make every effort to collect waste on the scheduled day but, due to the amount of waste generated at this time of the year, some delays to the schedule may occur. If this happens then the council will try to collect all missed rubbish by the end of the next working day.

“Christmas is a time where a lot of waste is generated in a short amount of time and to help reduce the pressure on residents’ bins the council will be collecting rubbish the week before and the week after Christmas. In addition to this the council will be collecting extra recycling after the busy New Year period.

“We urge residents to make full use of their kerbside recycling service, local recycling banks or the recycling facilities at the household waste recycling centres to prevent unnecessary waste going to landfill.”

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The sites will be open as usual (during winter opening times) on all other days for people to bring their excess festive rubbish for recycling.

To look up collection dates or receive another collection calendar visit www.york.gov.uk/refuselookup or call 01904 551551.

For more information on waste and recycling visit please visit www.york.gov.uk/waste .Or follow on @CYCWaste on Twitter or ‘like’ CYCWaste on Facebook

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