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Changes to garden waste collections


5:23pm 14th October 2011

City of York Council is alerting residents that changes to garden waste collections will be made this winter to reflect the lower levels of green waste produced.

During the winter most plants and trees are dormant or grow very slowly and therefore residents produce considerably less green garden waste than at any other time of the year.

In 2010/11 the council collected 10,340 tonnes of garden waste from April to Oct, but between the months of November to March collected only 2,730 tonnes.

As a part of the council’s drive to reduce spend and increase efficiencies across the authority, during the winter month’s garden waste collections (green bins) will be emptied less often.

Cllr Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods at City of York Council, said:

“Throughout November to March residents produce on average about a quarter of the garden waste than they produce during the rest of the year, so it really would be uneconomical to have our lorries working on fortnightly collections.”

Full details of the new collection dates will be delivered to affected households in the last two weeks of October.  This leaflet contains details of revised garden waste collection dates from November to March, as well as dates for recycling and refuses collections.

Refuse and non garden recycling waste collections will continue as normal during this period.

Residents are encouraged to home compost or to use garden waste disposal facilities at their local household waste-recycling centre (HWRC) if required.

Information about how to get a subsidised home compost bin and opening times for the HWRCs can be found on the council’s website www.york.gov.uk and on the leaflet.

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