Collective effort does a lorry good
THEY brought fridges, old bikes, lawn mowers and sofas.
Families across the East Riding were quick to take up the offer of having bulky junk items taken away for free.
East Riding Council's waste amnesty, aimed at cutting the scourge of fly-tipping, collected more than eight tonnes of junk from Beverley, Goole and Withernsea. Today and tomorrow, officers will be in Bridlington.
Residents are able to dispose of up to five bulky waste items such as mattresses, cookers and old furniture for free in the council's vehicles. The council's bulky items service normally costs £28.
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John Skidmore, the council's head of streetscene services, said: "This campaign and the waste amnesties are a response to those residents who have been telling us they want to be able to have more pride in their area and be able to recycle more."
Vouchers to enable residents to take part in the amnesty are posted through letterboxes and can be presented on the day to have access to the council's waste collection vehicles.
The amnesty days are also a chance for council recycling officers to spread information about what items can be put in blue recycling bins.
Hull City Council has announced it will scrap weekly collections of non-recyclable bins in an effort to save £1 million by cutting staff costs.
East Riding Council is trialling several areas with fortnightly collections but it is also educating people about what can and should be recycled in blue bins before any decision is made on going fortnightly with green (landfill) bins.
Mr Skidmore said: "The recycling officers go from door to door in those areas offering to help residents with what to put in their blue bins.
"By using the blue bins for recyclable things, we could save on money that is used on landfill tax.
"That money could be better used on other council services than paying to put waste in the ground."
Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for planning and the environment, said the waste amnesties and the push on blue bin use were being run side-by-side.
He said: "It's about stopping fly-tipping and also about helping people get rid of difficult items.
"We've done a number of amnesties and they've all been successful. Hopefully, the spin-off is we'll see less fly-tipping."
Mr Fraser said the East Riding was not ready to follow Hull by introducing fortnightly collections of non-recyclable waste.