Uproar warning over plan for green bins emptying shake-up

Coun Don Clapham (below) has warned moves to suspend garden waste collections in winter had casued uproar in other towns.
Coun Don Clapham (below) has warned moves to suspend garden waste collections in winter had casued uproar in other towns.
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Moves to suspend collections of garden waste during the winter months have come under fire.

Blackpool Council is reviewing its ‘green’ bin collections as part of budget cuts.

Coun Don Clapham

Coun Don Clapham

Residents have been told they will be able to put their garden rubbish in with the rest of their household waste instead.

It would then be separated at the waste transfer depot for recycling.

But Conservative deputy leader Coun Don Clapham said similar moves in other towns had caused uproar.

He said: “This system has been introduced for about three or four months in Harrogate and York.

“But residents over there are up in arms. Anyone who gardens does use their green wheelie bin all year round.

“If you are picking leaves up in autumn, it is a major consideration.”

The council will allow residents to deposit their garden waste in their general household waste bin during the winter months, with the refuse being separated for recycling later on at the waste depot.

Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: “Within our proposals for the budget is a suggestion that green waste collections may be suspended in the winter months.

“I am guessing the average Harrogate garden is slightly bigger than the average garden at Queens Park so they might have more garden waste to contend with than people in Blackpool.”

York City Council voted earlier this year to suspend its winter green waste collections between November and March after estimating the move could save around £67,000 a year.

One green campaigner today welcomed the move to save money – but said it was vital the rubbish continued to be separated.

Peter Richie, leader of the Blackpool and Fylde Green Party, said: “In this instance I would agree with the local council because the amount of gardening done during the winter months is minimal.

“But I would urge Blackpool Council to ensure checks are in place with their contractor and that separation of the waste does take place.”

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