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AGENDA ITEM 5(A) Overview and Scrutiny Committee – 24th June 2009 WASTE COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS REVIEW PUBLIC FEEDBACK 1 Introduction The Overview and Scrutiny Committee is currently undertaking a review of Waste Collection arrangements in the district. The Committee has been clear that it wishes to consider public views on waste collection arrangements and consequently has sought public opinion through the media. Additionally, all Parish Councils and Parish Meetings have been consulted by the Committee As well as submitting their views, members of the public have been given the opportunity to discuss their views with Committee members at the Mid Craven and Ribblesdale Area Forum at Settle on 18 June and at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 24 June. 2 Consultation with Parish Councils and Parish Meetings 2.1 Parish Councils and Parish Meetings were asked to address the following questions: In your Parish, how do you think that recycling rates could be improved? Fortnightly collection of residual waste (ordinary rubbish) may encourage householders to increase recycling and also bring about significant savings in the running costs of the service. What advantages might arise from a switch to fortnightly collection of residual rubbish? What problems do you think could arise? New waste collection arrangements may change the cycle on which different recyclables are collected. For example, glass, paper and cans could be collected either fortnightly or four weekly. Do you have any views on the frequency that recyclables should be collected? Do you have any other suggestions for improving recycling rates and for providing a more efficient domestic waste collection service across the district? 2.2 We received responses from 23 Parish Councils and Parish Meetings. 1 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) 2.3 Their views are summarised in Appendix A. 3 Consultation with the Public 3.1 Articles in the Craven Herald and in Your Craven asked residents to submit any views on waste collection arrangements by email, telephone or letter. 3.2 In all, we received 37 emails, letters and telephone calls. 3.3 Resident‟s views are summarised in Appendix B. 4 Mid Craven & Ribblesdale Area Forum – 18 June 2009 Members and officers attended the Mid Craven and Ribblesdale Area Forum on 18 June and spoke with many residents about the Waste Collection Arrangements Review. Around 52 people wrote comments on post-it notes (a few of these people had already commented via email) 5 Summary of views 5.1 The appendices detail comments that have been received from Parish Councils, Parish Meetings, and members of the public, which means that Members can see the full range of views expressed. This section of the report extracts some themes from the comments received. 5.2 A number of people expressed concern about the prospect of a move to alternate weekly collection. Their concerns included: The risk of increased vermin The risk of increased smell The risk of increased flytipping and overflowing bins How the service will operate for those households that do not have a wheely bin, but use bags. There will not be sufficient capacity for residual waste for larger families. Some felt that alternate weekly collection of residual waste would not encourage people to recycle more. 5.3 Some felt that a move to alternate weekly collection was motivated only by budgetary concerns, rather than a need to increase recycling. 5.4 Some were strongly in favour of a move to alternate weekly collection and encouraging more recycling. Two people advised that they had experience of alternate weekly collection elsewhere and had been satisfied with the service. 5.5 Many people wanted improvement in recycling collection from households. In particular, collection of plastics was felt to be inadequate by many. 2 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) 5.6 Some other issues raised included: The visual impact of increased numbers of wheely bins (especially blue ones), particularly in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Requests for the provision of more local “bring” sites for recycling Better provision of litter bins Concern that changes in the waste collection arrangements might lead to redundancies A lot of problems are caused by the way in which supermarkets package goods. Report Author: Mike Lodge, Scrutiny Officer, 01756 706220, firstname.lastname@example.org Appendices: Appendix A – responses from Parish Councils and Parish Meetings Appendix B – responses from the public Appendix C – responses at Mid Craven & Ribblesdale Area Forum 3 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) Appendix A Parish Councils and Parish Meetings 1 Calton Parish Calton Parish Meeting recognises the importance of recycling waste and will accept fortnightly collections, begrudgingly by Meeting one or two households. However, it is implacably opposed to any bin sharing, which constitutes an invasion of privacy. In Calton, green bins are usually kept close to the back door, where they are convenient and out-of-sight. Using my own situation as an example, the distances from my backdoor to those of my two neighbours are 45 and 50 metres... More than a third of householders in Calton are in their eighties or late seventies! Thus any shared bin would involve an impossible walk of about 25 metres, carrying waste. Moreover, that would place the bin on the village street, which raises the spectre of all the villages in the National Park being permanently lined with wheelie bins. As fortnightly collections of green bins will save money, can I suggest that CDC starts fortnightly collections of garden waste [brown bins] earlier in the year and finishes later, if only in rural areas. The present arrangements fail to recognise the natural gardening cycle! Also, I suggest that CDC works with NYCC on the installation of modern equipment capable of separating different types of waste at the point of disposal. 2 Kirkby In Kirkby Malham we have in the last few months organized with the help of John Sutcliffe bottle and can recycling and, as a Malham community we are conscious of our responsibility to the environment. However I do feel that CDC are taking backward steps. Village 1 The charge for dog waste disposal bags will increase the amount of excrement left on pavements and roads. Meeting I suspect the cost of people to clear it up will exceed the cost of the bags or our environment will deteriorate 2 The charge for disposal of household white goods will increase fly tipping or people will take them to the tip resulting in many more journeys by big gas guzzling 4X4's 3 Changing to two weekly collections will not increase recycling among people that are already doing it, but it will make It very much harder for the aged and infirmed to get their now much heavier bins to the kerbside, It will also increase fly tipping and it will increase resentment towards an already mediocre service. 4 The frequency of collection with paper and bottles is unimportant provided there is sufficient bin space and they present Little risk of smell or rats. That is not the case with domestic waste, if you are collecting once a fortnight you are still going to collect the same volume it will just be more unpleasant for the operatives in summer and the bins will need Cleaning more often, rats are attracted by the smell. Do you intend to provide rat catchers or is the burden to be thrown back on the rate payer I get the feeling that these proposals are all about discredited government targets and accountants that don't live in the real world, the council should be leading by example in cost cutting 3 Draughton The Council would be very much in support of arrangements that do have the effect of improving recycling rates, and would Parish not necessarily be against a fortnightly collection of residual waste, if this had the effect of encouraging people to recycle. Council However, in order for this to work, the Council feels that the frequency of collections of recycled materials needs to be maintained fortnightly. Also, certainly in Draughton, it would help if recycling facilities could be improved. Currently, as you know, we have no recycling facility for plastics. Also, the point has been made to us that the communal bins on the lane by the Church need to be labeled more clearly. 4 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) 4 Threshfield If Craven District Council was to introduce “alternate weekly” collections for ordinary waste then there would be a vast increase in fly tipping. The air would be unpleasantly smelly during summer months and the rat and fly populations would vastly increase. Some households would need 2 green bins as one bin can be overflowing after just one week. Most people are already recycling so do not feel the recycling rate would increase. There would have to be more investment in recycling bins as not all households have been allocated with one yet! Inevitably there would be redundancies amongst the “bin men” if the collections were to be reduced. Obviously this review is to try and reduce spending and the Parish Council feels rather than make redundancies amongst the lower paid workers, Craven District Council would be better off if some of the higher paid people were to go! 5 Sutton-in- a) A large plastic recycling bin should be issued along with the glass and cardboard ones at the Sutton Village Hall. Craven b) A fortnightly collection of residual waste (ordinary rubbish) would attract vermin and give off strong foul toxic aromas Parish especially in hot weather. Council c) Bins in lots of households are not big enough to cope with a fortnightly collection of residual waste. d) Glass, paper, cans are best collected on a fortnightly basis, four weekly would lead to overspill in many cases. e) Not all the blue bins issued have separate compartments for glass, tin and paper this needs to be addressed. f) The larger compartment for paper would benefit from a letter box affect as the compartments for glass and tin when full can be heavy to lift out when full. g) People who have gardens and do not have brown bins (mainly due to vehicle access) should have the option of a compost bin. 6 Settle Town The waste review was discussed at the June meeting of Settle Town Council and, given the complexities of some of your Council suggestions in relation to the situation in Settle, we were unable to formulate any comprehensive suggestions. However we do understand the need to develop these facilities and will be happy to respond positively when there are some more concrete suggestions. 7 Calton Calton households presently have a green bin for residual waste, a blue bin solely for paper and a brown bin for garden waste etc. All are strongly opposed to having more than three different bins. Fortnightly collection of residual waste (green bins) is considered to be acceptable by all except three households. Having a second green bin would appear to offer a solution. The blue bins are emptied of paper every four weeks, which is the correct frequency, as some bins are then very full. The brown bins are emptied fortnightly during the summer but only monthly in the earlier and later months. Extending the fortnightly period by adding two extra collections in both the Spring and Autumn in rural areas would be most helpful, especially to the elderly. Households are taking bottles and cans, although I suspect can usage in Calton is insignificant, to various collection points. The nearest appears to be in Kirkby Malham, so that it would be beneficial if there were one in Airton or Scosthrop, also for use by Calton residents. There are very assiduous recyclers in Calton, who take plastic to Settle, but not everyone falls into that category. CDC should prepare a letter or leaflet for each parish, which could be distributed to each household. It must be Parish-specific. It should state which bins are in use, what goes in each (and what does not), the frequencies of collection, where the nearest collection point for bottles and cans is located and where there are others, the arrangements for plastic (including what is and 5 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) what is not acceptable) and so on. CDC needs to be seen to be taking recycling seriously, consulting widely and treating householders sensitively. For example, the elderly find recycling increasingly onerous; a third of Calton households are in their 80s or late 70s. Also in the interests of the tourist industry, the visual appearance of the YDNP needs careful consideration. 8 Austwick In your Parish, how do you think that recycling rates can be improved? By improving access to plastic recycling facilities. Much of the bulk of domestic waste is in the form of plastic bottles and packaging that doesn‟t fall within the rather narrow criteria for the Settle plastic banks. What advantages might arise from a switch to fortnightly collection of residual rubbish? What problems do you think could arise? The current weekly collection of residual rubbish works very efficiently and there is no reason why residents should be expected to pay more in council tax for a reduced waste collection service. To consider bi-weekly collections in winter and weekly in the summer, especially as garden waste collection ceases in the winter, would seem to be a reasonable compromise. Do you have any views on the frequency that recyclables should be collected? Recyclables could be collected four weekly. It was commented that some of the more remote dwellings in the Parish do not even get a collection service. The occupants of High Bark House, Wharfe, have not been issued with a blue recycling bin. 9 Bentham The Council was horrified to hear that Craven would consider moving to fortnightly collection of refuse. This has been introduced in other parts of the country, has been extremely unpopular and has led to an increase in vermin infestation and in fly tipping. Indeed, it is understood that some of these areas are now considering the re-introduction of weekly collections to solve the problems that have arisen. Craven has a relatively high re-cycling rate, and this could be further improved by the extension of the triple bin & brown bin schemes to more residents, by the introduction of more local plastic recycling points, and by the installation of more waste transfer stations instead of expecting people at this end of the District to travel to Settle. The introduction of fortnightly waste collection will not reduce the amount of rubbish to be collected. Thus refuse trucks will have to make more trips as each collection will have double the amount currently collected – or the current wagons will need to be replaced with significantly larger ones to cope with waste that is currently collected on 2 separate days. This will not change the carbon footprint of the service. It will also mean that some households will need to be provided with larger bins to cope with the storage of waste for a longer period and undoubtedly there will be more fly tipping to be dealt with within Craven which will be costly, not just in terms of teams to clear affected areas but also in terms of effects on tourism upon which the area relies upon. Recycling in Bentham could be improved by extending the triple bin and brown bin schemes to more households. The Council has requested a local plastic recycling bin on several occasions and, indeed, was promised one before the financial problems of the District Council were found. A more local Waste Transfer Station would also be well used as many residents find it difficult to travel to Settle. 6 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) The Council sees no benefits to moving to a fortnightly residual waste collection service. It will not encourage householders who are not already recycling to do so, whilst the further provision of triple bins etc as mentioned above may. If you want people to recycle you will have to make it as simple as possible for them to do so. A fortnightly service will only lead to problems with smell (particularly in summer), vermin and fly tipping - which will be costly to solve in the longer term. The District will also need to supply larger bins to those households who cannot cope with the size of the current wheely bins and fortnightly collections. The amount of waste to be collected would not alter, meaning that each collection would include twice the quantity currently collected – requiring either more trips or bigger wagons. From a straw poll of the Councillors present at the meeting it is clear that recyclables need to be collected on a fortnightly basis. If this changed to monthly the current bins would be inadequate, which could actually reduce the amount of waste being recycled. To improve recycling rates it will be necessary to make it easier for households to recycle. The best way to do this would be to move to a wet and dry system whereby all the recyclables separation is done after the waste has been collected. This could easily include plastics which would remove a lot of volume from the waste currently going to landfill. The implementation of technology to generate electricity from food waste would further reduce landfill and potentially generate some income as well. 10 Bolton Abbey Bolton Abbey Parish Council considered this topic at their recent annual meeting and felt that a change to “alternate weekly” collection would be a detrimental step for the majority of our residents. 11 Giggleswick No obvious improvements come to mind. If switched to fortnightly collections (residual rubbish) what will be the position if :- o a collection is missed? o where no wheelie bins are provided (i.e. bags only)? o where there is a family, generating substantial amounts of such rubbish? two-weekly cycle as a minimum. plastics box to replace now unused (grey) cans box inside wheelie bin 12 Glusburn and The service as it is now is excellent, it works well, the PC feel that it will provide negative publicity for Craven District Crosshills Council if things change. No other service is provided by Craven District Council The 2 weekly proposed collections will penalise residents with young families who potentially have more waste. The proposals will encourage fly tipping in the area, which would therefore make it a very negative service. Potentially will attract vermin to the overflowing waste bins. 13 Embsay with While there was agreement in principle to the new arrangements, it was felt that the practicalities of the proposals would be Eastby difficult to implement in the villages of Embsay and Eastby, due to variations in bin provisions. In addition, members considered your request for suggestions for improving recycling rates and for providing a more efficient domestic waste collection service across the District and the following suggestions were made: 7 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) * A local plastic recycling facility * A tetrapac recycling facility * Consideration/feasibility of the composting of brown bin waste and returning it back to the community for use. 14 Lothersdale The overall consensus is that; (i) the proposals were not well thought out (ii) they do not represent good value for money for the tax payer (iii) the tax payer will not see a corresponding reduction in their rates reflecting the reduced cost / savings. (iv) the proposal is too simplistic and somewhat naive in its approach in that it does not show a good knowledge of waste streams and how frequently an average household with children will require waste removal. A large percentage of a typical families waste can be re-recyclable, so to suggest moving to alternate weekly collections is not an option. Bins would be full to overflowing and that in itself could create environmental and health issues. (v) Is there enough recycling capacity in Craven / North York's to cope with the increased waste streams The Council believe that the current proposals should be rejected as not workable and the CDC should re-visit the project and come back with a more viable proposition. 15 Linton Recycling rates could be much improved if CDC collected more recyclable materials. In Linton all that is collected is garden waste and paper. The parish council would like to have glass, plastics and tin cans collected from residents as a minimum. These should not be collected in large unmanageable wheelie bins. Small boxes could be provided which take up less storage space and would be easier to handle especially for the elderly. The parish council would also like CDC to make a study of other councils waste collection policies and perhaps take „a leaf out of their book‟. Please look at Bath & North East Somerset Council. They collect 12 different types of material from 1 recycling box. www.bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 394041 for more information. The general feeling amongst the councillors is that CDC is not proactive enough with waste collections and that it should do more and take advantage of the current government grants for recycling. The parish councils does not want CDC to fail its targets which would in turn mean that residents who wish to recycle more have to pay CDC fine through increased council tax. The councillors felt that collections arrangements should be weekly, more frequent to show that CDC is committed to waste collections. Not fortnightly or four weekly because at present the blue bins for paper are collected four weekly in Linton and in many cases the bins are so full or overflowing that they are difficult to manoeuvre from the back of a property to the front. In some cases they are almost on the point of causing an injury to the householder. More frequent collections would encourage people to recycle. Less frequent collections are likely to encourage illegal dumping such as sofas dumped on back lanes. CDC should collect everything and make the public aware of what is happening to the waste i.e. that it is being put to good use such as plastics being turned into park benches etc. Not going into land fill. One suggestion that the councillors came up with was that perhaps CDC could investigate whether any collection bins could be placed in the Depot (next to the Anderton Memorial Hall) in Linton. A rent would of course be payable. At present all 8 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) residents in Linton have to drive to Skipton to recycle plastics, adding to the carbon footprint. If collection boxes were placed at the depot for plastics, tin cans and glass this would alleviate some of the problem. This is only suitable for able bodies residents, many of the elderly would find it difficult to walk to the depot but at least it would be a start in showing residents that CDC is making an effort for Linton. At present the village has much fewer waste collection services than neighbouring villages. Residents who take large items to the tip in Skipton often comment that the staff there are not very welcoming and people are put off going by the attitude and manner of the staff. Perhaps this is an issue that could be addressed as if people are willing to drive 10 miles to dispose of goods it is very upsetting to be met by unhelpful staff. One councillor commented that the staff at the tip in Barnoldswick are much more helpful and friendly and make and effort to get to know the residents. In short the councillors feel that at present CDC is not committed to recycling and would like to see a big improvement to recycle almost everything including food waste. I am sorry this sounds quite negative but hopefully CDC will be able to make some positive changes to its recycling programme in the near future. 16 Hebden While residents were willing to recycle and reduce household waste there is a fundamental problem in small rural Parish communities that there just isn‟t enough space for separate individual collection bins. In narrow lanes occupied by cottages Council often with no proper pavement there is no place for bins. There is often not the need for each household to have 3 bins particularly where there are second homes only infrequently occupied. There was a particular dislike of the colour of the blue bins. This was considered quite inappropriate within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and conservation village, as they are an eyesore. In Hebden, there is no gas, so many households still have ashes to dispose of. The plastic bags are not strong enough to hold the weight of 2 weeks collection. Paper is already collected on a four week cycle. For those still using the bags, this is a considerable mass and weight of paper. Many residents use the collection points in Grassington and Skipton and these do now seem to be more regularly emptied. Further use of local collection might help in greater efficiency. 17 Conistone- This Parish wishes the existing arrangements to continue. The residents are unable to cope with either larger or more bins with Kilnsey and the existing bin sizes are generally only just sufficient. We also recycle paper through our bins and the majority of us Paris Meeting collect glass and plastic and deposit same in either Grassington, Kettlewell or Skipton. If you could persuade shops to reduce their packaging waste would automatically reduce. 18 Kettlewell The Parish Council is extremely concerned over the District Council‟s proposals to reduce the collection of rubbish from and weekly to fortnightly. We believe this will lead to more rubbish being left at the roadside, thereby exacerbating something Starbotton which is already a problem. Most of the bins in the parish are full on a weekly basis, particularly in households where there are families. We are also concerned that if the bins are not emptied weekly that the buildup of rubbish will lead to an increase in poor hygiene standards and pest infestations. We experience problems during holiday periods, especially during the summer months, in relation to collection of rubbish from public waste bins, these are often filled to overflowing and again, if collection is reduced to a fortnightly service, we are very concerned that this will lead to unhygienic and extremely unpleasant conditions for visitors and residents alike. With the current economic climate, we also feel that a reduction in the waste collection service may prove detrimental in terms of ensuring local employment figures are maintained. If the Council does decide to continue down this route, would it 9 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) be possible to consider placing skips at regular intervals in various locations as is the practice of neighbouring District Councils. This would at least go some way to alleviate the problem. 19 Bradley Before a formal resolution can be made, we would appreciate it if the following could be answered: Parish Possible locations used for household waste, paper, bottles and cans and also garden waste Council Profit or loss on each disposed product What other options to weekly and fortnightly collections suggested? What redundancies will be incurred? Is this a knee jerking exercise due to financial problems Savings total 20 Ribble Banks We understand the reasoning behind the proposed changes but feel that they would not be in the best interests of the local Parish community. Council Improving recycling rates – We are fortunate to have some recycling facilities in Wigglesworth and excellent recycling facilities in Settle. While individuals could increase their commitment to recycling we do not feel we need any additional facilities. We would support continued campaigns in the local press and appropriately targeted mail shots to remind individuals of the targets for recycling locally and how individuals and groups can contribute. Fortnightly collection of residual waste – we are aware that such schemes have been introduced in other parts of the country; often not without controversy. We feel that Craven District Council has failed to provide any evidence of advantages or disadvantages of such a scheme. These may apply to cost savings in vehicle use and manpower and in landfill and other charges but at present Craven District Council has provided insufficient information to make a reasoned judgement on this question and as a result we feel there is no case for change. Councillors were concerned at the implied view that one solution will be suitable for all local communities and that simply emptying bins every two weeks would somehow increase recycling rates. We feel that the current cycle for collection of recyclable waste is adequate. 21 Carleton-in- The Parish Council would like you to continue with the present weekly collection of waste which seems to suit everyone and Craven has actually reduced the amount of rubbish tipped in the countryside judging from observations in our parish. Everybody cannot accommodate a blue/brown bin on their property so cannot recycle as much as they may wish to. To this end it is up to CDC to provide facilities to separate recyclable materials from the everyday waste once it has been collected. It is also impossible to expect all households to only fill a bin in two weeks. In my own case I could always fill one in a week until a reduction in the number in our household reduced the amount of waste. Perhaps you could ask householders with small amounts of waste to only put out their bin when it is full and not every week, thus saving time on the collection. Make sure that when you assess possible savings with a fortnightly collection you offset them with the extra cost of collecting rubbish dumped in the countryside, which is bound to increase. If you are serious about your aims as described in bullet points 1, 3 and 5 then the only way to achieve them is to leave the present collection frequency as it is. 22 Buckden Our Councillors can sympathize with you needing parishioners to utilize their recycling bins more than they do at present, Parish thus ensuring the landfill site lasts longer and the recycled materials are utilized more effectively. 10 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) Council They however were concerned that bulk recycling bins were emptied more frequently as the polythene bin is often full when they and parishioners bring items for recycling. To encourage everyone to recycle, you must facilitate their drive. 23 Lawkland One of the primary roles of local councils is to keep our society clean, hygienic and litter free. Now we are faced with councils Parish trying to find excuses to cut this. meeting Craven News suggests that recycling in Craven falls below the national average. Has anyone bothered to ask why this may be? Has anyone bothered to ask if “recycling rates” in predominantly rural areas are below the national average? Probably not. Let us have a full analysis of the issues first. Is our lifestyle in rural Craven such that there is less scope for”national average” recycling rates? The more remotely one lives, the less likely one is to buy takeaway food, for instance. Rural folk tend to be more thrifty and the recycling done within their own environment, from eating leftovers to reusing/mending broken equipment is probably much higher than the national average. The recycling rate is, in fact, much higher, but there are no ways to measure this, and so no statistics reflect it. Once, farmers used rubble to fill in muddy gateways. Nowadays, they need a landfill licence, to comply with the letter of the law, which shows how mad the recycling and waste disposal argument has become. It is high time common sense prevailed. We are blessed to live in a sparsely populated rural community and the laws of densely populated cities do not necessary apply here. A “one size fits all” philosophy is nonsense. In our parish, we all have a green and blue bin. Some have a brown bin too, despite the fact that the Parish Meeting, some years ago, voted not to have a brown bin, as most found ways of disposing of vegetable waste. Nevertheless, they came, all the same. We also have recycling bins for paper, cans and bottles, at Eldroth Parish Hall. The bottle and can banks have been an enormous success, blighted only by the inability of the Council to empty the bottle bank sufficiently frequently. The paper bin does not get used so much, as we all have the blue bins. However, the parish is vast and the hamlets of Feizor and Lawland small, so they do not have any central recycling point, nor would it be easy to find a place for one. Nevertheless, many go to the recycling points in Settle. It is difficult to see how recycling rates could be improved, unless recycling points were to be established in Lawkland and Feizor. It is difficult to see how the proposal to move from a weekly to a fortnightly collection of general household rubbish would make any difference to recycling rates; it can only be made on economic grounds. It is pure nonsense to suggest that it will encourage householders to increase recycling. Those who wish to recycle are already doing so. Those who could not care about recycling will fill their bins and tip the overflow. We already have plenty of rats about. If, in ten years time, we have a plague of rats, it is no good looking for a Pied Piper of Craven – he will not exist. Those who made the proposals to cut waste disposal services will have been promoted on the strength of some spurious Government inflicted target being achieved. Please spare us the suggestion that this move to fortnightly collections is for any other reason than to save money. No one believes you. Recyclables can be collected weekly or fortnightly, depending on the amount of waste generated. It makes good sense to collect vegetable waste more frequently in summer, although that does not concern us here. Perhaps the most sensible thing is to monitor the rates of generation of refuse and to collect accordingly. One worrying trend is that staff at the tip at Settle try and limit the amount of waste, particularly building rubble, taken in by private individuals, lest it be a Trojan Horse for trade waste. This is shortsighted as the majority of material fly tipped seems 11 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) to be building rubble. The collection of waste is a fundamental service which one would expect to find in a civilized society. Recent moves nationally to reduce waste or find other ways of disposing of it have not all been well thought through and have very much been based on an urban model, but adapted to a one size fits all solution. They have also been influenced by factors on Continental Europe, which are not always appropriate to the United Kingdom. It is imperative that public health and hygiene come first, second, third, fourth and last but one in this debate. Last can come issues of cost, government and EU imposed targets, nonsensical rules, debates about separation of waste at source or centrally, landfill sites and so on. These are but peripheral matters. Refuse collection is about public health and hygiene. Many of us have traveled to less developed countries and seen the squalor which results from a general failure to collect refuse regularly. It is utter madness to cut our excellent service, basically for financial reasons, but attributed to this holy grail of “recycling” We respectfully suggest that this proposal should be rejected and that our Government, be it Westminster or Brussels, are told what is good for London, Paris or Berlin does not suit the citizens of Craven. 12 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) Appendix B Public Responses 1 Just as I thought this Council could not go down further, that you were above some Councils who are already thinking twice, you again disappoint with the revelation that the waste collection is proposed as fortnightly. I already dispose of all my plastics, glass, cans, and drinks carton to your collection points (you don't collect these on Cross Street) and you wheel away my papers. I take cardboard to the tip. In fact I am already doing over half your job with no let up in my rates. Judging by the full state of the recycling bins, there are an awful lot of other residents doing the same. Yorwaste's site has signs showing recycling targets are being achieved, but you say not. In trying to achieve your targets on the one hand, do you not see the imbalance you are creating in other areas, particularly health. Your proposal is a typically one side perspective created by target lovers. Presumably you do not buy whole fresh chicken from the local butcher, meat with fat on, and fresh fish and shellfish from the local fishmonger's stall. The sort of healthy fresh foods this Government urges us to use but also rot. If you did, he would realise what a smell their carcasses, shells and bones make after a few days, even after I have scrapped every last morsel of edible material. Have you not read the growing counter evidence of health concerns, the flies in particular even when bin lid are down, but also vermin. Have you seen your bin lid lifted, and a waste bag destroyed by some animal after a carcass. I have. I assume the reduction of front line collection staff, will be countered by a much needed in Environmental Health staff, so it will be a sideways move for some with no jobs losses. What about the health of the collection operatives. Take it from a ratepayer who is doing all he can to recycle ( I even tried to find a smallholder to take my vegetable waste), this is a retrograde step, a step way too far for someone scratching his brain what the Council spends the rates on other than pension deficits and consultants fees, and you should withdraw the proposal. Please. 2 I was horrified to read about the proposed fortnightly rubbish collection by Craven DC. My immediate neighbours don‟t seem to have much interest in the immediate environment. On one side I have a family of four and the other a family of six. They fill their bins every week now so what are they going to do with their rubbish in the second week? Answer - leave it out in carrier bags for cats or worse still rats to have a go at. I doubt very much that they will do much composting as they show very little interest in their gardens. As I write neither of them have brought their bins back from the Wednesday collection. Meanwhile those of us who do try to recycle as much as possible, (glass, tins, garden waste, plastic bottles and paper) are going to have to suffer because of the likes of my neighbours. This policy will no doubt be an absolute disaster and will probably be scrapped after ten years of suffering with infestations and disease like so many other ill thought out policies. If implemented, my real question is what are you going to do about people who for whatever reason can‟t or won‟t co-operate? 3 What planet is Councillor Chris Harbron on when he suggests we could educate people into the old ways, like the Sunday roast made into pork sandwiches and so on. Does he think if we don‟t eat all the roast on Sunday we throw it all away? 4 There are many houses, mine included where rubbish is still collected in bags because of no suitable place for a bin. If these are collected fortnightly there will be a significant increase in the risk of vermin. In addition the suggestion of composting waste food is ridiculous as it too causes vermin infestation. My rubbish has to be taken up a large flight of steps and I do not have a place for a bin at the top. I did offer to the council to have wheelie bins at the back which I would take through the house to leave at the front on collection day. I was told by a council offer that someone would come out and assess the situation. Nearly two years later I am still waiting. 5 I was very concerned this week to hear of discussions taking place about fortnightly collections to encourage people to recycle! I do believe this will lead to fly tipping. We are a family of five and I recycle all cardboard (into the blue bin), plastic, glass, tins and cans (at the town hall). I take my recycling to the town hall every two - three days. Although I go out of my way to do this my waste bin would not stand a fortnightly 13 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) collection as weekly is still full. I do feel that blue bins with the correct recycling pods collected weekly/fortnightly would benefit people wanting to recycle. Our blue bin is collected monthly therefore I have to take it to the town hall. The majority of people will not go out of their way when working or without a car to a recycling point. This fortnightly collection would end up with bin bags full of waste dumped on the streets and it would spoil the area. Surely more collections would encourage people. Why not try a discount on tax for people using the blue bins. I am sure the tax bills per month wouldn‟t go down with fewer collections. 6 We are very much against this proposal, for the following reason. Most of the rubbish in our green bin is other peoples now and we feel that if the fortnightly system was adopted there would be even more rubbish dumped and make our good country in to a bigger tip. 7 Could you please explain how this will be implemented in the above mentioned row of cottages? At the present we have no recycling bins available to us. All our rubbish is placed in the bins and collected every week. Unless we recycle ourselves by taking bottles, plastic, newspaper etc to the local tip everything is placed in the bins together!!! I realise that at one end of the cottages No1 access is via steep steps but at the far end No 6 there is an unmade road where we could have a set of bins for us all to share??? Why have we never been allocated recycling bins??? I feel the cottages are not fairly treated by the Council who have a duty to residents to promote recycling and am extremely concerned about the new proposals. 8 I think the more recycling we do the better, but we would definitely need to recycle plastic, glass, paper/card and tins if you were only going to collect general waste every fortnight. A simple multi-compartment recycling bin would be needed for every household - we don't all have room for even the 2 wheelie bins we have at the moment. Also it would really help if you could offer a free or reduced cost rat proof composter for cooked waste food and a small tin can/plastic bottle crusher for use in the kitchen. Of course as an alternative you could install a Mobile Materials Recycling Facility as manufactured by Jarshire. (See http://www.ivedesign.co.uk/enviro.htm). This is a self powered, zero waste option that can be used at source (i.e. situated in the village) with potential cost savings of £1million per year for a 10,000 people community handling their own waste. Although we only have a small resident population, we do have 750,000 visitors a year, many of whom like to leave their rubbish in Malham - quite a large percentage in my garden or wheelie bin! It would make an interesting project to cost up and pilot in Malham or at a larger settlement or even at Airedale hospital. If successful Craven District Council could be at the forefront of recycling! achieving even higher recycling rates that those required by EU Legislation. 9 Regarding the proposal to move to fortnightly bin collections. I can only speak from my own personal experience, but I would find this most inconvenient. I find the comments on educating people to make better use of their food and improve eating habits rather patronising. We have three children, and the amount of food waste is minimal. Yes, we prepare sandwiches from left over meat etc. We have a garden and all vegetable waste etc is composted. We have a blue recycle bin which is used for recycling cans glass and paper products. Plastic bottles and 'Tetrapac' containers are recycled using the Golden Butts facility in Ilkley close to my place of work. So the bulk of our waste is non recyclable food packaging. Now with five residents in the house all with good appetites, and maximising the possible recycling, we fill our green bin weekly. So if fortnightly collections are introduced then how do we handle the overspill?? With five people we have a relatively large house so pay a high rate of council tax which I think justifies a weekly collection. Bringing in fortnightly collections will not make the slightest difference to the amount we recycle. The only way I see to achieve that would be to reduce the amount of packaging used on food stuffs. Another alternative to landfill is burn or "cook" waste products to produce fuel or fertiliser type products. There are several such schemes in existence to treat waste to produce fibre that can be utilised for other things. But consideration has to be given to the number of people at a particular residence. A couple on their own may well manage adequately with one bin and a fortnightly collection where a family of 4, 5 or 6 would not manage. The last thing we want is to encourage more 'fly tipping'! I live in and love the countryside and the sight of piles of rubbish dumped on the roadside is abhorrent, so I would be against anything that 14 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) would encourage that. 10 I find the "bright idea" of a fortnightly rubbish collection ludicrous! All one has to do is turn to page 13 of the Craven Herald (7 May) and read at the top of the page the article regarding fly tipping, doesn't this say it all? What are people expected to do with their rubbish? With a family our recycling bins are always full as is our green bin EVERY WEEK! Would it not be better not to start where the problem lies and educate supermarkets etc about better packaging materials for their products for a start? We at home grow our own veggies to help reduce plastic package materials which veggies are always wrapped in. We did have two compost bins but they took forever to waste into compost which encouraged vermin so they had to go unfortunately .I am a member of several freecycle groups which sole aim is to recycle and keep items out of landfill. My recycling bins are always full on the once a fortnight collection. I recycle carrier bags from the supermarket to use as dog poops bags to replace the cost cutting measure of free dog poops bags that the council brought in. The rabbits and guinea pigs eat unwanted veg to save it going in the bin, as with the grass cuttings So if the patronising man from the council who is going to teach the world how to make pork sandwiches can educate us any better please do! As we do make the use of our food, by making everything into....wait for it....pork sandwiches! or the dogs eat it. We are not allowed bonfires any more because of the law, so how do we get rid of the rubbish. This has cost cutting written all over it so please don't try telling us otherwise! Or is our Council tax going to be greatly reduced in price to cover for our inconvenience? I suppose not! I can see it costing us even more to hire Environmental Health for the rats it will encourage, ok this is at the moment free but for how long? Like the free service to remove household items that got taken away from us in April and replaced by a charging service! which would be better for us?? And it is going to cost us more in petrol visiting the tip which we will then be blamed for more global warming issues, so we can't win. Maybe if the council had not lost £2 million pound they would not have to scrape the barrel by taking our waste collection to every two weeks, removing free household goods service, taking our public toilets away etc, and instead hiring idiots to lecture us on making pork sandwiches as Councilor Chris Harbon suggested in the article . May I ask how many letters have the Council had in favour of having fortnightly rubbish collections? 11 So far I feel your policy on refuse collection / recycling and the work of your collecting teams has been excellent as far in this area, with one exception - plastic in all its forms. This exception is one reasonably serious point of concern as plastic is a volume material which is not recycled via home-collection. I think it needs this facility. I am not in favour of refuse collection being fortnightly. By its very nature, refuse does, in my view, need a weekly collection due to its unhealthy state. Additionally, I feel it is possible that some dumping of excessive waste material from some individuals or households into bins less full through good recycling could take place. This is not good practice, and one to be discouraged, especially before or if pricing ever came into being! Thank you for the work you do. I wish you success in debating this challenge and finding a good solution. 12 I am not opposed completely to the idea of emptying our normal waste bins once every two weeks but I think there would be problems at certain times e.g., Christmas and New Year, Easter, when traditionally you have guests and more waste and bin emptying once in two weeks would not be adequate. If there was a safeguard that every so often bins were emptied once a week to 'catch up' with excess amounts that would be more acceptable. 13 Comments made at Settle Charity and Information Fair Someone made the comment that there were too many different bins and that this was confusing. 15 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) Someone suggested a fortnightly collection would be more suitable. A comment was made that better provision for plastics to be collected and recycled was needed. An issue was raised about the difficulty of being able to recycle foil milk bottles tops and that information needed to be made available on how to do this. A lady who lived in Giggleswick doesn‟t get her recycling collected at all, this is particularly difficult for her as she and her husband are both elderly and her husband has heart trouble, neither of them drive and their only option is to walk or get the bus with all their recycling which is very difficult and inconvenient. She also raised the point that this was unfair as she paid the same amount of Council tax as other residents, yet didn‟t receive the same services. Someone was confused about why they didn‟t get their paper recycled but got all of their other bins collected. She mentioned she had contacted the council a few years ago about this but she still hasn‟t had it emptied. 14 Please keep on emptying green bins weekly or they will smell and spread germs. Brown bins and blue bins fortnightly, or even monthly - depends on how many people in household really? Only two of us here. Springwell Close pensioners could share at blue bins for paper - my Dad's is usually only 1/4 full - a bag would do! All those bins up and down our streets look an eyesore! There are too many different rules - relatives on farm and who pay lots of council tax - do not get any bins and don't want bin wagon down their road anyway! We will have to contact scrap man now for removal of fridges etc., and what to do with old beds - we should not have to pay for their removal, we all pay plenty of council tax. Some will be dumping them all over the place. 15 About the possible change to fortnightly rubbish collections, I wanted to write to add my support to this idea. As a family with 2 young children (aged 4 and 2), we already only put our bin out fortnightly at the most, and this is only to stop it smelling, as it is very rarely anywhere near full. We recycle as much as possible, and also have a compost bin. Despite only having a small garden we put all our compostable materials in the compost bin, and haven't had to empty this in the 2 years that we have been using it; no doubt we will have to soon, but the reduction in volume has already been significant, particularly as vegetarians we produce a lot of vegetable peelings! I am sure that virtually everyone could reduce their domestic waste to one binful a fortnight with minimal effort. Perhaps opening up Skibeden landfill to the public would convince many that reducing waste can only be a good thing. 16 I am unhappy about the prospect of fortnightly bin collections. Last summer my husband forgot to put the bin out one week and despite my putting disinfectant inside, it smelled vile after a few more days. Many of our neighbours have bins which do not shut by collection day, so presumably they will go round putting their excess rubbish in other people's bins, under cover of darkness. I understood that this scheme had been tried and found wanting in others areas, with increases in fly-tipping (and flies) and rats. The Council's official reason for doing it is that if they make it difficult for us to use bins, we will 'recycle' more. I think that those who are prepared to recycle already do so, and those who don't will simply make a mess or complicate other people's lives, rather than change their habits. We have lived here for almost 30 years, and have always been proud to have such efficient, tidy and friendly binmen. They provide a really good service and it should continue. No-one believes that this is not another cost-cutting measure, but there are other ways to save money, e.g. in the salaries at the top of the Council's management. Those of us on the 'shop floor' are paid below the national average, and as recruitment is frozen our workload increases, but senior management seem to be paid far more than they would earn in a private company with a similar budget. Cull them, and leave our bins alone, please. 17 I see the issue of alternating domestic waste collection has been mentioned again - this is fine for all those households that have the bins that take cans and glass, the properties on Branch Road only have cardboard and garden waste recycling facilities. If the council were to go ahead with alternating collection would we receive a receptacle for glass and cans? With the amount of plastic used in packaging wouldn‟t 16 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) this be the next logical items to collect? 18 Phone message received re the revised collections. She called on behalf of herself and her neighbours whose homes are close to the existing waste bin which is located outside the National Parks car-park in Horton. The offending bin suffers from an overflow problem on occasion and she has, in the recent past, had to call the Cleansing Dept to get them to come out (special trip) to empty it. She and her neighbours are seeking assurance that the bin will be emptied on a weekly basis because, of course, they see the problem worsening during the summer months. 19 I am writing in response to the article in "Your Craven" newspaper, I wish to have my say, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity. I have 5 young children, aged 1 to 7, I live in Sutton-In-Craven with my husband. Our large family of seven generates only two medium sized binbags of rubbish each week. How; - simple...recycle. We only have the basic blue recycling bin for paper only since we live on a terraced street. We have to make the effort to take the bottles, cans, plastics etc up to Crosshills to the recyling point. This has to be done 3 times a week because we walk to take it because using the car for such a short journey seems to defeat the object of being "environmentally friendly!" We do not have a brown bin because unfortunately we haven't got a garden. Due to this lack of garden we do not use composting as means of utilising waste. However we have two very grateful guinea pigs who dispose of veg peelings and apple cores etc! Our youngest wears washable nappies so no contribution to landfill there. The incentive scheme is a wonderful introduction which allowed me to update my stock of nappies, after being used by a few children some nappies needed replacing. So do we need a weekly refuse collection? No I don't think so. My situation illustrates that even with a large family weekly refuse collection is not necessary, if the householder recycles. I have a little chuckle to myself when neighbours are sneaking out on bin day at the crack of dawn to cram their bag into some-one else's bin because theirs is full. Then reality hits, it's my bin they are putting their bottles, cans and plastics in. Because after a week my two binbags leave lots of room for more. Then I get angry, and disappointed that whilst we make the effort to reduce our waste, some cannot be bothered. Some would use the defence "We don't have time to take the items for recycling” You make the time, you make it part of family life. That way the children will be environmentally aware from a young age. The people that really annoy me are those with a multi use blue bin who still place their waste in the green bin. In such instances the only effort needed is to lift a different lid. In these cases I really think that fines should be considered because it is irresponsible and lazy to send waste to landfill when it can be recycled. Fining should encourage more to use the recycling bins and points. In conclusion, if we can do it, so can many, many more. My children are all young, three have complex health needs and disabilities, I am parent and full-time carer. my husband works full-time. My final point asks a very important question, "We can manage with reducing waste collection, why can't you?" 20 While I agree that there needs to be more Blue Bin collections, especially cans and bottles, I would point out that part of the problems about collections are ACCESS to areas. The Council needs to think far more laterally. We as you see have begun a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, with quite a lot of dialogue with the police. Springwell Close cul de sac is only 5 meters wide, inhibiting your larger collection vehicles, and also emergency vehicles, further to this there is the problem of parking. The upper area of the Close has Hard Standings, but the area belonging to Yorkshire Housing has none, leaving tenants no option but to park with two heels on the pavement. This, the Police rightly frowns upon, but has to turn the blind eye to, but in reality the „open road width‟ can be down to little more than 3.5 meters. To add to our congestion the clientele for the Bay House use us as a car park too. So, while we began by addressing the need for more adequate collections of waste, from our point of view a more panoramic look at the 17 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) geography of the area with dialogue with the Emergency Services and Housing Associations would help to address the real needs of our area, allowing your use of the larger multi-collection vehicles to enter our Close as well. 21 I would like to ask why facilities for recycling plastic are so poor. Recycling banks will only take very limited types of plastic, and this situation does not seem to be moving forward. In Leeds, all types of plastic can go into recycling bins, so why not in Craven? There seems to be no shortage of people wishing to recycle, so if the answer is that there is no market for this plastic, what is being done to change this? 22 Concerning waste collection every other week. I have Just come back from cycling in Ireland and I can only assume that they have charged or bi-weekly collection as the amount of fly tipping is huge. What ever your savings which is the real issue here. It will not compensate for fly tipping in beautiful and the remote parts of our countryside. Also in the summer smell has to be an issue. 23 I just wanted to offer my support for alternate weekly waste collection. I lived in Nova Scotia, Canada for many years and for the last 20 years at least we had bi weekly waste and recycling collections. To the best of my knowledge there was no opposition to it at the time and it continues to this day. My experience with this form of waste collection has shown that if you are recycling and composting properly, then you should be able to cut your rubbish significantly. They are very strict in Canada about what you are able to just throw out. Rubbish and recyclables are place in clear bags and if you have the wrong items in the wrong bags your rubbish just won't be picked up! Something else the Council might think about , that's been very successful in NS, is putting a tax, say 10p on all drink containers (except milk). These can be returned to a designated depot where you can recoup 5p. Of the remaining 5p, 2.5 would go to the depot and 2.5 into a fund for pollution and environmental disasters. Those that can't be bothered can just put them in their recycling! Thanks for the opportunity to put in my 10 cents worth! 24 I live in the Kildwick Grange area, - and wonder why we have never been offered the inserts for the blue bins, so we can recycle glass, cans and plastics. This would certainly increase our recycling! 25 As Craven Council have been asking for feedback on changing to fortnightly refuse collections here's an idea to reduce the waste going to landfill. Scrap the portion of a household's the council tax covering waste disposal and divide it by 52, then charge the number of weeks in a year a bin is actually emptied at that address. At the moment we all pay for weekly waste collections whether we use them or not. This would ensure those who need a weekly waste collection get it while giving an incentive for them to cut down. I feel going straight to a reduced collection schedule would be difficult for most households, a phased approach such as this where the motivation is financial would be far more successful. 26 I think the idea of 2 weekly collection is very good. Everyone needs to think about waste, and this will be a great way to start the thought processes. I also think every village or area should process the waste before it gets into the truck. Flatten cans and tins, bale bottles, crush glass etc. Go for AWC. 27 I presume I will be wasting my time writing again because I suspect it is already all cut and dried even before the scheduled meetings at Settle and Skipton regarding the proposed fortnightly rubbish collection. I will unfortunately be unable to make any of the meetings due to work commitments. But I would just like to point out on travelling back to Ingleton this morning I came across 4 over flowing bins just in one street without going out of my way and without actually going round the village! So what does this say?? People are finding it difficult to manage weekly rubbish collection never mind fortnightly!!! Please get real in this day and age! People no longer have coal fires to burn things on for a start, and shop packaging is more bulkier!, People no longer bake things at home , make things at home, so they need to buy these things which come in packaging. Try enforcing shops to start with, to provide more eco packaging before you start penalising the people who pay your wages! It doesn't help when my bin came back half full last week when it was supposed to have been emptied!! The dustbin men too can't remember after a week not to leave the bin in the middle of the pavement blocking off my drive, and obstructing 18 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) pedestrians , so what chance have they got of remembering in two weeks? My recycling bins are full long before the two week collection now, so I am putting items into my green bin which should go in the other alternatives. So are the brown and blue recycling bins going to be emptied weekly instead? And a plastic recycling bin provided? Or will a skip be provided in the likes of Ingleton, Bentham etc for people who cannot get to the waste tip at Settle? This as cost cutting written all over it, which you deny. It is cutting jobs for a start unless like I say you decide to provide other means or services. Talk to anyone who has been forced to go onto two weeks collection in other areas, and they will tell you of their grievances regarding the matter. Vermin, maggots, the smell, the mess, animals turning out the overflowing bins, I can go on and on!! Surely with global warming and the weather getting warmer surely this is silly to leave rubbish to fester for two weeks? Where will be the complaints department when this goes ahead to complain about all the pests this will entice? Nowhere insight I presume. One very angry villager got so fed up a few years ago about his rubbish not being taken away that he went and dumped it on the doorstep of Ingleton Police station so I was informed, I bet the councillors would not like this to happen to them, by more and more angry parish holders that it will affect. Please try cutting back in other areas first, or at least think this through and provide an alternative skip at least on the industrial estate for peoples waste. 28 I lived in Hellifield and our property was on the triple bin scheme on fortnightly collections. My wife and I were the only occupiers of the property. We were issued with a brown garden bin, blue bin with inserts and a landfill bin. We also had a home composter. We never filled our landfill bin over the two week period but always filled our blue bin. We found the scheme excellent. We have now moved to Derbyshire (Bolsover DC) and have a garden waste bin and a landfill bin in addition to a small box and several bags, the scheme down here does not allow for such a wide variety of waste to be collected and as such we do not use the scheme. Instead we drive to the local refuse site and recycle the waste there. Compare do the CDC scheme the collection scheme as Bolsover is significantly poorer. 29 If it is a hot summer the bins will stink. Blue bins, but can‟t recycle tins and bottles – he would recycle if had facilities to do – other people in the village have that facility. Composting – lot of people only got back yards - no room for a compost bin. 30 Other authorities much more selective in their recycling should have advanced quicker. Fortnightly collection might be acceptable if recycling was separated out more. 31 I have 3 bins. Brown bins – could we put composting in? Cardboard and paper – cartons are just left behind Milk bottle cartons / juice – no facilities Plastics – bottles and cans In summary, would like more recycling facilities. If there were facilities would increase recycling 32 Fortnightly collection unworkable for certain people. Sharing bins is a good idea. Campaign to stop wasting food by throwing away –so many starving in the world – such waste makes him very angry. Need to burn more ourselves. Commercial incinerator must be funded for combustibles there is little pollution, will reduce landfill – commonplace in many parts of the world. Needs to be funded. Need to compost more in our own gardens. Reuse carriers and cardboard boxes more or take to charity shops. Take good quality shoes etc to charities. Car boot or give things away, rather than throwing away lawn mowers etc. 19 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) It may not work for families. 33 What about recycling when they don‟t have recycling bins? She is not against fortnightly collection, but they need to facilitate and provide for recycling. Where do you store the bins? She just lives in a small hamlet – why can‟t we provide one place in the village for people to take their recycling to? That would save on storage space for recycling bins at people‟s houses and would be more efficient for the binmen‟s time. She has a fire and produces a lot of ash – that produces a lot of waste – could that be collected separately and used for gardens? She was also positive about the fact that we put a telephone number in the newspaper for comments. 34 Just noticed this article about fortnightly collections. Have no fear we (in Rochdale) have four wheelie Bins, one for none recyclables (rubbish) One for tins, bottles, and plastic. One for grass cutting and garden waste. Great if you have a garden, finally we have a bin for newsprint and cardboard. Your biggest concern will be smell. We place all our non-recyclables in a kitchen bin with liner when it is full, just tie the liner and place in bin - no smells. If you have a large family then you may need two wheelie bins, but try one. Get another if you find your rubbish needs more than one bin. Yet with all the other material that are recyclable. I do not think you will have any problems. I was an anti-fortnightly collection person. Yet now I have got used to it it is great. 35 At reorganization there were 13 refuse rounds. These were reduced to 8 whilst providing a service to all Craven by a further 460 properties. This was accomplished by introducing a weekly collection when vehicles are full a visit to the tip is a necessity. This could take an hour or an hour and a half depending on the distance from the tip. The routes were organised working inwards. With the object of one trip to the tip and finish. The more tip visits the more fuel and a failure to serve all the properties more vehicles required. Today, householders do the work and recycling reduces the loads. I wonder how many vehicles there are now? The tip at Skibeden is filling up with refuse from Lancashire and Yorkshire. When it is full, will they have to go to York? But the distance will be longer and will take more time. The Govt landfill tax will make it more expensive. I hope the officers will provide a full report for all our Councillors to debate and vote. Not delegated or decided by three Councillors. A weekly collection is imperative. Refuse collection is the only function CDC provides for all its residents. How will the refuse vehicle move double the load with a two weekly collection? If it is a question of cost Councillors could revert to loss of earnings and do it for the honour and save £120000. Do we really need 190 officers? I think we had 120. What do they do that is more important than refuse collection? 36 First I think the blue bin system is great, I like to recycle but we need more. Fortnightly collections would not be a problem but people make different amount of rubbish. If plastic were reduced in rubbish collections it may make a difference. However: 1 There are inadequate facilities for recycling plastic. A large container in the main Skipton car park for the whole of Craven (?), which is often full. I saved my plastics for several weeks but the amount was huge and impossible to keep up with. (Not enough space at home to store it, not enough time to take it down daily, too far away from the skip. (I live in Embsay) 2 too much plastic is produced by supermarkets and other shops or goods. Unnecessary packaging is not a new problem, but could be reduced (new incentives for supermarkets, bins within supermarket etc) When absolutely necessary should be made from recyclable material. 3 Incentives Do not punish people who do not recycle-reward those who do it would soon appeal to more 4 Bins 20 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) Plastic seems to be the biggest item that is not addressed, could the blue bin double up (tins and plastics or glass and plastic)it's rarely full. 5 Balloons A different issue but one of rubbish, can the council take a lead on reducing balloons eg:sales days etc... As you will be aware balloons are a major problem to marine wildlife. 37 As a medium to long term objective for Craven my wife and I would be broadly supportive of the move to general household waste being collected in alternate weeks. However, this process cannot and should not be rushed. Before the present arrangements, which from an outside observer‟s viewpoint seem to be satisfactory as far as they go, are disturbed it would seem essential that the present inequity in recycling arrangements across Craven is addressed. On a micro-level, this inequity can be demonstrated by looking at premises within 100 metres of my own home – neighbour A has a general waste bin and a garden waste bin; neighbour B has a general waste bin, a garden bin and a multi-purpose blue bin for paper, glass and cans. Despite numerous `phone calls to the Council when we moved in (and despite having a larger garden than either neighbour) we have consistently been denied access to a garden waste bin which we would use regularly throughout the gardening season – we have a general waste bin and also a blue paper bin emptied monthly. This leave us with little alternative but to use the general waste bin for all garden waste, all glass and all cans. Whilst this situation continues, a biweekly collection would be wholly inadequate. I appreciate that there is a facility to deposit glass in Hellifield and we do use it when convenient, I have to say that this is not always a pleasant or practical experience. Unpleasant because of the detritus which is often around the bins and impractical because of the abuse of the cardboard and paper recycling by one of the local business owners which can lead to the bins being inaccessible. I further appreciate that there is an excellent recycling facility in Settle but surely to expect and possibly encourage Hellifield residents to make trips to Settle with a car load of waste is self-defeating in terms of reducing emissions and improving sustainability. On a more general point, I believe that the Council must not seek to impose a `one-size fits all‟ solution to this problem. To do so risks an increase in fly-tipping and littering which would be to the detriment of the whole area. I hope these comments are helpful. 21 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) Appendix C Comments from Mid Craven and Ribblesdale Area Forum – 18 June 2009 1 Business waste? Education, particularly at such places as Bunk Houses 2 Keep refuse collection weekly. Stop pretending its to promote recycling to make it fortnightly 3 Plastic recycling. Education programme in schools. Remember to flatten plastic bottles before recycling 4 Send someone around with the bin men to check that residents are putting appropriate waste in the bins 5 I don‟t believe that alternate collections will increase recycling. I prefer weekly. 6 Disapprove of the bulky waste charge – leads to flytipping. Disapprove of the charge for dog waste bags – people will not use biodegradable bags 7 Fortnightly collection of residual waste a huge problem without recycling bins 8 People need to bring their bins back in promptly 9 Overspilling bins, go around the Lancaster streets and see the mess. Weekly collection is essential. 10 If I am not about / forget to put out the bin I will get no collection for a month 11 We need to get delivered enough rubbish sacks – last time we only got 4 sacks for 6 cottages. Also, the bins block the public footpath. 12 Others will not cope with two weekly 13 Completely unacceptable to move to alternate collection of residual waste 14 I‟m a single person with very little waste. OK with fortnightly collection. 15 There are no litter bins in Kirkby Malham 16 Our green bin is full every week as we do not have blue or brown bins. What are we meant to do? 17 Keep weekly collections of rubbish. Everyone else is going back to weekly! 18 Chicken bones and fish bones smell after two weeks. Too many plastic packages from supermarkets 19 Badly timed. You are very cavalier about the loss of £2m 20 Recommend that we look at the options then recommend them to the public 21 Overflowing bins, rodents, flies ….. 22 Our green bin is full every week as we do not have blue or brown bins. What are we meant to do? 23 We only have a green bin – no blue or brown – so a two weekly collection would not help us. We would need two green bins. 24 Plastics – can we recycle more types of plastic? 25 What about rats and smells during summer? 26 I‟m all for fortnightly collections. There are two of us and we recycle 27 I object – I‟m worried that a wheelie bin won‟t hold all the residual waste 28 Stick with weekly. A family fills a bin even with recycling. 29 Would be even better if I had a recycling bin 30 We are too lenient – some people abuse the system 31 If we go onto a fortnightly I would like a bin for myself – currently I share one with someone else. 22 AGENDA ITEM 5(A) 32 An incinerator is absolutely essential 33 Once a fortnight perfectly OK – this may encourage non-recyclers to THINK 34 Many people I‟ve spoken to reckon we‟re doing it to save money 35 Not enough done by managers on packaging – better transport 36 Provide recycling bins that hold all recyclables i.e. paper, plastic, glass, tin etc and then people will use them. 37 Some people hang dog poo bags on trees! 38 We need recycling for plastics in Hellifield 39 Send all junk mail down to the skip at Settle Swimming Pool 40 Our PR is appalling. All people spoken to think we‟re doing it to save money. 41 Will this put a greater load on the Recycling Centre? 42 Could we collect plastic tubs? 43 Supermarket packaging is a problem 44 Could we recycle plastic plant pots? 45 Polystyrene packaging? 46 Save money by advertising on both sides of the poo bags. Ask for voluntary contributions rather than charging. 47 Recycling at Settle Whitefriars. Very difficult to use – you have to “post” everything and it takes “hours”. 48 I need bin “inners”. People have them and don‟t use them, we desperately want them and can‟t have them. This doesn‟t encourage you to recycle. 49 Food waste. Anaerobic digesters should be installed in Langcliffe quarry and not just used for compost. 50 Shortage of litter bins in Settle town centre. The one in the Shambles is hidden. 51 Need to introduce more awareness of recycling through the education system. If people understood what happens to the recyclates collected, they would be more on board. 52 Outside Feizor only bin. To leave food etc 2 weeks? Polystyrene? 23
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