Pictured: York’s rubbish New Year

3 Jan 2013 @ 4.38 pm
| Opinion

Rubbish piles up at Bempton House in The Groves, York
Residents of The Groves in York have had a rubbish Christmas and a stinky New Year.

Not because Santa deserted them… but because the council rubbish collection service did. At the time of year when the most waste is generated, City of York Council failed to schedule a single landfill or recycling collection for three and a half weeks.

People forced to put bin liners of food waste outside have seen them ripped open by cats and the rotting debris scattered over gardens. Many fear that rats will follow.

Everyone would agree that the bin men and women need a break over Christmas. But those who have lacked a collection for the best part of a month feel strongly that this was too long to go without a basic service.

Here’s the latest from the council website about delayed waste collections.

Recycling boxes overflowing at St John Street
Recycling boxes overflowing at St John Street
Garden Street, behind York St John University, doesn't look very green and pleasant
Garden Street, behind York St John University, doesn’t look very green and pleasant
A messy business at Willerby House flats
A messy business at Willerby House flats
Residents are forced to leave recycling hanging from their railings
Residents are forced to leave recycling hanging from their railings

Bottles wait collection after the celebrations
Bottles wait collection after the celebrations