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York Family Struggling With Rubbish After Lack of Bin Swap


4:42pm 2nd December 2013

A family from New Earswick says they're struggling with rubbish because York Council won't let them swap their bin.

Wayne Boyce and his partner have three young children, the youngest was born just last month.

The city council says Wayne is entitled to a larger bin but has to pay £40 for it.

Wayne says he can't afford it.


Minster FM got in touch with York Council and Geoff Derham its Head of Waste said: “The council informed all households that there would be a new charge for replacement black bins and recycling boxes through a city wide leaflet distribution in September. This follows a period of consultation with residents which led Cabinet Members to approving several savings options and consequently changes to waste services.

“One of these options is to no longer provide replacement waste containers free of charge (unless a bin or recycling box is damaged during collection then it will be replaced free of charge). This will help towards a significant savings of £300,000 in 2013/14 for the waste service, and over the next two-years (2013-2015) this will also contribute towards City of York Council’s overall savings target of £20million.

“The council provides one 180L refuse bins as standard for households with up to four occupants and any households with more than five or six occupants may apply for an upgrade to a larger bin size as long as they meet the criteria and make a payment for the relevant bin charge. The council does not provide larger bins to residents as it’s important to limit the amount of waste that goes to landfill, and also the overall cost the council would incur as a result of this.

“However, there are lots of things residents can do to reduce the amount of waste in their bin. For more information and advice please visit. The family can also find advice on using real nappies at this link www.york.gov.uk/recycling

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