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Extra Garden Waste Collection in York

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4:25pm 30th October 2014
(Updated 5:13pm 30th October 2014)

There's going to be an extra garden waste collection in York.

Collections had been due to finish on November 7th but there will now be an extra garden waste collection in January, which will also take away Christmas trees.

Officials say they have taken the decision due to the warm Autumn, which means many leaves have not yet fallen off trees. The city council says that people can take garden waste to Hazel Court and Towthorpe tips for free in a car during the winter. It is also encouraging people to take up composting and also advises people to sign up for their 2015 collections of their additional green bins.

It comes less than twenty four hours after the so-called "Combined Opposition" at York Council had called for an extra collection of green bins. They called for the £31,000 cost to be met from the council's reserves.

York Lib Dem leader Keith Aspden said this afternoon:

“I am pleased that after pressure form opposition councillors and residents Labour has been forced to add another garden waste collection round in January. Liberal Democrats have called for the re-instatement of winter green bin collections ever since Labour cut them.After a mild autumn and with leaves still falling from trees across York this is the very least the council should be doing.

“However, it is disappointing that this one-off wintercollection will not take place until January and what this u-turn really shows is that it was a mistake for Labour to end winter collections in the first place. Clearly, Labour’s policy to cut recycling services and end regular winter garden waste collections needs a complete rethink."

Conservative leader in York Chris Steward, also speaking before the announcement, said:

After a mild autumn residents are telling us that there is still plenty of garden waste about and that they need a later last collection of green waste towards the end of November.  Otherwise residents will have to either store green waste until the spring, drive across the city to a recycling centre or add it to their grey bin waste, all of which are unhappy alternatives.  The extra cost of about £31,000 can be paid from the council’s contingency fund, which we think is a reasonable price to pay to save residents the headache and expense of attempting to get rid of this waste through other means, which if not disposed of correctly has the potential of adding to York’s landfill costs.

“We say, let’s use contingency funds on a one-off extra collection, a service residents are asking for and really need.  It’s a small price to pay to keep our recycling efforts on track.”

Minster FM is waiting for a response from Labour Cabinet Member Dave Merrett on today's announcement.

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