Waste Management – the YGP Manifesto from 2015

 – To be updated – 

We were totally opposed to the decision made by the Council in October to go ahead with the over-sized waste processing plant and incinerator at Allerton Park, as the junior partner with North Yorkshire County Council. We believe this will be disastrous for residents’ health, for a sustainable waste policy and in financial terms. We will

* Take advice on options for withdrawing from the hugely expensive contract with Amey Cespa or renegotiating the contract with appropriate small scale waste retrieval plants and no incinerator

* work towards a Zero Waste Strategy for the City of York drawing on best practice from around the country and abroad. For example San Francisco has a target of zero waste by 2020 without incineration. It has now topped 80% recovery of waste and is being followed by other US cities

A Zero Waste Strategy will include

  • very high targets for doorstep recycling with appropriate measures to make this possible. York’s residents are very keen to recycle but are often confused by lack of clear information and support from the Council
  • working with local communities, residents in flats and terraced streets and improving the service in alley-gated areas to make sure everyone can recycle as much as possible
  • the use of community competitions and door to door advice to increase recycling rates
  • small scale mechanical sorting and biological treatment to remove further recyclable materials from the remaining waste
  • working with public sector partners and local businesses to reduce waste production
  • encouragement of home composting and a mobile service for home chipping of woody material
  • the introduction of food waste collections and far more municipal composting
  • active promotion of modern re-useable nappy services
  • an increase in the number of small scale recycling sites around the city for a wide range of recyclables (for example at allotments and any new developments)
  • keeping the cost for collection of bulky household items down and encourage shared collections
  • prioritising some investment in re-use and repair policies
  • the creation of re-use centres at Hazel Court and other feasible locations. Complementing the Community Furniture Store these could include household goods, white goods, clothes, fabrics and other items, possibly run by a franchise as in other towns and cities
  • initiatives to increase the local demand for recycled products. We will ensure that the Council itself uses recycled products throughout all its functions including schools and other facilities and not just in Environmental Services!

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