Bin lorries get canned

file pic, a Scarborough Council refuse collection truck. Scarborough Borough Council announce dawn to dusk bin collections, starting in June. The council collects 40,000 tons of refuse and recycling per year, each truck using 110 litres of diesel per day. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121728c   25/04/12

file pic, a Scarborough Council refuse collection truck. Scarborough Borough Council announce dawn to dusk bin collections, starting in June. The council collects 40,000 tons of refuse and recycling per year, each truck using 110 litres of diesel per day. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121728c 25/04/12

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RUBBISH collection is the focus of a new shake up by Scarborough Borough Council, with the local authority hoping to save almost £140,000 per year by disposing of three bin lorries.

From 1 October the bin lorry fleet will be reduced but collection hours will increase, spanning two shifts, with rounds being made from 6am until 10pm at night.

Rubbish in Church Street'Picture by Justin Coope

Rubbish in Church Street'Picture by Justin Coope

Andy Skelton, SBC’s head of environmental services, said the move is part of an overall drive to reduce council costs by £500,000 this year, and added: “Under the changes the existing refuse and recycling collections will start an hour earlier, enabling garden waste collections to be completed later in the day using the same vehicles. By extending the hours of operation we can reduce the number of vehicles required, thereby reducing our costs significantly.”

The council is also keen to stress that there will be no job losses as a result of the changes.

All residents will receive a letter detailing how the changes will affect their collections and Mr Skelton added: “Our commitment remains to protect the high quality frontline service we deliver and which our residents value and deserve. I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their support over the years and for their commitment to keep on recycling, which has helped us to significantly decrease the amount of waste we send to landfill.”

Residents will not see a change to their collection day but are being asked to put their bins out by 6am or the night before to ensure their waste and recycling gets collected.

However, Whitby town councillor Amanda Smith said that if this means there is a significant delay between trash being left out and collected, it could worsen already existing problems with vermin.

“The closer they can get the bin collections to people putting them out, the better.” she said. “If the rubbish isn’t collected the sea gulls spread it across the street. Cafes close in an evening and they put rubbish outside because they can’t store it inside overnight, so when they come to collect it in a morning it must take the bin men a lot longer to clean up.”

Therefore, later bin collections could allow refuse to be collected from businesses the same evening, but Harry Briggs, SBC’s recycling and waste enforcement manager, said that the change would only apply to residential collections. Rubbish collection from businesses is currently contracted out to Biffa, a private waste disposal company.

He added: “We have recently looked at the possibility of offering a late night service for trade waste, but this would increase costs significantly, which would have to be borne by our customers. Our commercial waste unit is in direct competition with other providers in the area and so it must remain competitively priced. However we do regularly monitor our service to ensure it meets our customers’ needs. One of our most recent developments has been to start selling thicker trade waste sacks to minimise the chances of seagulls pecking through the sacks. If a customer has a specific problem we’d be more than happy to look how we can work with them to resolve the issue. All they need to do is call our trade waste helpline on 01723 232323.”