Call for re-think over dumping Saturday skips in Worcester

Worcester News: Are council skips on the way out in Worcester? Are council skips on the way out in Worcester?

CALLS are being made for Worcester City Council to re-think scrapping its public skips.

An in-house panel of politicians last night asked the Labour leadership to devise a new strategy to avoid flytipping in Worcester.

As your Worcester News revealed last month, the cash-strapped council wants to save £15,000 by removing eight skips which appear at various locations across the city every Saturday.

Now a committee of councillors have intervened by calling for a fresh investigation into the implications.

The performance, management and budget scrutiny committee wants the cabinet to consider promoting alternative ways of dumping rubbish, or slowing the process down, rather than cutting the service in one fell swoop.

All the rubbish which people chuck in the skips gets send to landfill.

Councillor Jo Hodges said: "This will cause some communities difficulties.

"To do this so soon, and remove them completely will have an adverse affect, there has to be a period of 'easing in' before we do this.

"I'd like to propose that while we do more to increase recycling and do recognise skips are counter to this, we are concerned about removing them without the promotion and advertising of alternatives."

Fellow members of the committee agreed, saying they would be prepared to back her stance.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, Tory group leader, said: "I certainly have concerns around the loss of Saturday skips.

"In one fell swoop, it's a lot to get rid of so soon.

"It will affect a lot of communities and I don't believe the council has demonstrated how it can make that shift without increasing flytipping - there is always a risk it will cause unintended consequences."

For over 20 years the skips have appeared in locations including Shap Drive in Warndon, Liverpool Road in Ronkswood and Waverley Street in Diglis.

The council says no other local authority in the entire country now provides them, and that there are many alternatives now, like the tip in Bilford Road or in some cases, recycling.

Because the skips' content goes to landfill it also incurs heavy Government taxes, which falls on the county council.

The feedback will be considered by the city's Labour cabinet as part of setting the 2014/15 budget, which will be voted on come Tuesday, February 25.

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1:29pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DaleWilson966 says...

This is an outrage!! Cant these people buy there own bins without having to run cap in hand to the british rate payer expecting the british ratepayer to foot the bill!!
This is an outrage!! Cant these people buy there own bins without having to run cap in hand to the british rate payer expecting the british ratepayer to foot the bill!! DaleWilson966
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2:20pm Wed 5 Feb 14

brooksider says...

DaleWilson966 wrote:
This is an outrage!! Cant these people buy there own bins without having to run cap in hand to the british rate payer expecting the british ratepayer to foot the bill!!
Seconded, Bilford Road is open on Saturday until 6pm and Sunday until 4pm.
[quote][p][bold]DaleWilson966[/bold] wrote: This is an outrage!! Cant these people buy there own bins without having to run cap in hand to the british rate payer expecting the british ratepayer to foot the bill!![/p][/quote]Seconded, Bilford Road is open on Saturday until 6pm and Sunday until 4pm. brooksider
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2:54pm Wed 5 Feb 14

copierman says...

We never had one in Warndon Villages...Why?
We never had one in Warndon Villages...Why? copierman
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3:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jb says...

I can't see any valid reason why these skp sites shouldn't be closed. We all live in the city and have access to the Bilford Road tip, many recycling areas around the city, rubbish collections by the council both fortnitly and when arranged for larger items so it's not really a fair system to allow certain areas to have these and not others when we all pay council tax. if some people feel it will lead to an increase in fly tipping then that's down to lazy individuals more than the lack of rubbish disposal sites.
I can't see any valid reason why these skp sites shouldn't be closed. We all live in the city and have access to the Bilford Road tip, many recycling areas around the city, rubbish collections by the council both fortnitly and when arranged for larger items so it's not really a fair system to allow certain areas to have these and not others when we all pay council tax. if some people feel it will lead to an increase in fly tipping then that's down to lazy individuals more than the lack of rubbish disposal sites. jb
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3:54pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Brian426uk says...

jb wrote:
I can't see any valid reason why these skp sites shouldn't be closed. We all live in the city and have access to the Bilford Road tip, many recycling areas around the city, rubbish collections by the council both fortnitly and when arranged for larger items so it's not really a fair system to allow certain areas to have these and not others when we all pay council tax. if some people feel it will lead to an increase in fly tipping then that's down to lazy individuals more than the lack of rubbish disposal sites.
Not everyone has access to a vehicle to transport waste across the city!

Should I carry it on the crossbar of my bicycle or take it on the bus?
[quote][p][bold]jb[/bold] wrote: I can't see any valid reason why these skp sites shouldn't be closed. We all live in the city and have access to the Bilford Road tip, many recycling areas around the city, rubbish collections by the council both fortnitly and when arranged for larger items so it's not really a fair system to allow certain areas to have these and not others when we all pay council tax. if some people feel it will lead to an increase in fly tipping then that's down to lazy individuals more than the lack of rubbish disposal sites.[/p][/quote]Not everyone has access to a vehicle to transport waste across the city! Should I carry it on the crossbar of my bicycle or take it on the bus? Brian426uk
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4:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jb says...

Brian426uk Agreed not everyone does have transport so going by that why aren't there extra sites all over the city? Are these sites used for the odd extra black bin bag of household rubbish or for the disposal of larger items such as furniture, household appliances etc? If its larger items then the council can (for a charge) collect these items. Charities, neighbours etc can possibly help with larger items or the scrap men will take appliances. There are many people who have problems With rubbish disposal but don't have the luxury of a skip in their area.
Brian426uk Agreed not everyone does have transport so going by that why aren't there extra sites all over the city? Are these sites used for the odd extra black bin bag of household rubbish or for the disposal of larger items such as furniture, household appliances etc? If its larger items then the council can (for a charge) collect these items. Charities, neighbours etc can possibly help with larger items or the scrap men will take appliances. There are many people who have problems With rubbish disposal but don't have the luxury of a skip in their area. jb
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5:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

Brian426uk wrote:
jb wrote:
I can't see any valid reason why these skp sites shouldn't be closed. We all live in the city and have access to the Bilford Road tip, many recycling areas around the city, rubbish collections by the council both fortnitly and when arranged for larger items so it's not really a fair system to allow certain areas to have these and not others when we all pay council tax. if some people feel it will lead to an increase in fly tipping then that's down to lazy individuals more than the lack of rubbish disposal sites.
Not everyone has access to a vehicle to transport waste across the city!

Should I carry it on the crossbar of my bicycle or take it on the bus?
You managed to buy it and get it to your house on your crossbar and/or bus.
[quote][p][bold]Brian426uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jb[/bold] wrote: I can't see any valid reason why these skp sites shouldn't be closed. We all live in the city and have access to the Bilford Road tip, many recycling areas around the city, rubbish collections by the council both fortnitly and when arranged for larger items so it's not really a fair system to allow certain areas to have these and not others when we all pay council tax. if some people feel it will lead to an increase in fly tipping then that's down to lazy individuals more than the lack of rubbish disposal sites.[/p][/quote]Not everyone has access to a vehicle to transport waste across the city! Should I carry it on the crossbar of my bicycle or take it on the bus?[/p][/quote]You managed to buy it and get it to your house on your crossbar and/or bus. Hwicce
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7:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DarrenM says...

yes much better that it all goes in the "green" recycling bin, so that it can be picked over for precious metals by ten year olds in China before being dumped in a Chinese landfill.
yes much better that it all goes in the "green" recycling bin, so that it can be picked over for precious metals by ten year olds in China before being dumped in a Chinese landfill. DarrenM
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