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Rat Fears Over Reduced York Bin Collection Plans Dismissed


3:53pm 16th December 2014
(Updated 3:54pm 16th December 2014)

People in York are being reassured that suggestions for a three or four weekly bin collection would not lead to more rats in the city.

The controversial proposals are being discussed, along with plans to charge for all garden waste collections and cut street cleaning services, at a meeting of the council's Cabinet tonight. If the proposals are approved, we will then get a chance to give our views on them before a final decision is made on if they should go ahead.

Tighter budgets mean York Council needs to save £2 million a year on these services, out of it's existing budget of £16 million.

But since the proposals went public, there has been concern from people living in the city that fewer bin collections could mean more rats in York.

But Neil Ferris from the city council denies this would be the case and says three weekly collections are working elsewhere in the country.


The full proposals include:

Waste and recycling

  • Garden waste subscription charges
  • Optimise kerbside recycling services - extend materials collected, explore further co-mingling of material 
  • Reduce residual waste collection frequency
  • Optimise ‘bring site’ provision
  • Review bulky waste collection charges 
  • Review assisted collection service - ensure service is delivered to those who require it
  • Review clinical waste collection  - further educate on what is acceptable for residual collection
  • Develop commercial waste collection service  - seek increase in market share, which is difficult in current financial circumstances
  • HWRC permits and charges  - charges for out of area customers and review charges for non-recyclable material where possible
  • Interim residual waste contract (Apr 15 to Mar 18) - seeking prices from the market prices, which is yet to be confirmed.

Street cleansing

  • Optimise cleansing through effective zoning, scheduling and response times
  • Optimise litter bin provision and servicing to reduce number of rounds

Grounds maintenance

  • Opportunities for community involvement – over 6,400 hours per annum at top 30 sites in the city
  • Community management of allotments
  • Community composting schemes - built into garden waste proposals.

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