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Advice Issued as Green Waste Collections Stop in Ryedale

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5:17pm 2nd December 2013

Advice for people affected by the end of winter garden waste collections in Ryedale has been released.

As part of the district council’s savings programme, all collections of garden waste stop during December, January and February and re-start on Monday 3 March 2014. 

“The continued and unprecedented scale of cuts in Government funding means that increasingly difficult decisions now have to be taken by the Council regarding delivery of services, “ said Phil Long, Head of Environment for Ryedale District Council.

“While some people do produce garden waste during winter, tonnages significantly decrease and very small amounts are collected across the District during these months. A number of local authorities now adopt this procedure, some stopping the service for a 5 month period”, said Mr Long.”

The decision to stop garden waste collections during winter months was made by elected Members of the Council in February 2013. Suspending winter collections has the following benefits:

  • It benefits the Council financially, so money can be used to support other essential services.
  • Fewer carbon emissions are produced, through reduced use of large vehicles.
  • During very cold winter periods, garden waste freezes in bins due to its high moisture content. When shaken against the vehicle to try to free the material, a significant number of containers split as they are very brittle. These containers are obviously expensive to replace.

In December 2010 the Council changed from fortnightly to monthly collections of garden waste during winter months.  Since then, tonnages collected during winter have been closely monitored and it is expected that most residents will have room in their wheeled bin for the small amounts of garden waste they produce during winter. This will be collected in March.

If you produce larger amounts of garden waste over winter you could try home composting.  Low cost containers can be purchased through the Council’s dedicated waste management website, – simply select Home Composting, then enter your postcode to see the latest offers.

If you already compost at home, but still generate more garden waste than you can manage, you can use the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) located in Malton, Thornton le Dale and Wombleton.  Details of HWRC’s can be found on North Yorkshire County Council’s website, (search for HWRC’s).

Christmas trees can be taken to the HWRC’s for recycling or can be chopped up and left in the garden waste wheelie bin until collections start again in March 2014.

For details of the collection day changes over the Christmas period, a calendar of dates will be printed on a ‘luggage style’ tag, fastened to your bin and the Council’s web site will be updated regularly with information for residents.

Changes to garden waste collections do not affect kerbside recycling services for plastic bottles & cans, glass, and paper & card, which will continue on the current fortnightly pattern. Please put your kerbside boxes and blue bag out for collection in the usual way.

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