Calls for new European-style rubbish bin collection service to be intr…
Wheelie bins could become a thing of the past for the Yorkshire Coast’s rural villages.
A meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s transport, economy and ecosystem scrutiny committee was told that merging the district and borough and councils’ waste operations with those of the county council ahead of the unitary authority’s set afloat next year represented an opportunity to “work better in terms of waste minimisation”.
Councillors were told while a review of how waste should be collected in the county was underway, the government had inferred that separate kerbside food waste collections would become mandatory, meaning residents would have another bin outside their homes in future.
The meeting was told one of the most frequent issues raised to councillors was residents’ alluring for help to enhance their recycling rates, while residents were also facing a growing quantity of separate bins outside their similarities.
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The meeting heard there was clear scope for improvements in the waste collection system in the county.
Suggesting a “waste dating service”, whereby firms could re-use materials that other firms would otherwise send for recycling, Cllr Paul Haslam said while recycling materials saw 90 per cent of their original value lost, re-used materials maintained between 80 and 90 per cent of their original value.
The meeting also heard calls to revise planning policy for new-build estates to create a more effective bin collection scheme and cause changes in other places.
Cllr David Staveley said: “We have all seen the new estates that turn up and it looks like a scene from the invasion of the Daleks. There’s a red one, a green one, a brown one a blue one, all these different coloured bins all stacked up.”
The meeting was told many European waste collections were from a central skip buried underground with a post box-style top.
Councillors were told such schemes could assistance urban areas and where people live closely together, such as North Yorkshire’s coastal villages, but in rural areas there would be issues over where the skip was sited.
Officers commented while such a scheme would put an increased onus on residents to consider the waste they were producing, it would also be a “cultural shock”.
Cllr Staveley replied that 10 years ago it would have been unheard to have electric means charging points, solar panels or ground source heat pumps in new-build homes.
He said with central waste skips residents would not have to find space for the growing list of separate bins.
Cllr Staveley said: “It’s not good enough just to say people might get a bit shocked. People get shocked about a lot of things in life, but I think the world has moved on in the last associate of years and we are open to all sorts of new ideas.”
Cllr Haslam additional: “I fully sustain a more drastic approach, particularly as between now and 2025 there are probably going to be about 20 per cent more houses built.”
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