Fortnightly black bin collections to save Hull £1m a year
FORTNIGHTLY black bin collections are set to be introduced in Hull from April.
The move to end the traditional weekly collection system for non-recyclable household waste bins has been confirmed in a decision by Hull City Council's Cabinet.
The switch to fortnightly collections is expected to save the cash-strapped council about £1 million a year.
The savings will come from shedding jobs in the refuse department and operating fewer refuse vehicles.
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The exact number of jobs under threat has not been announced and will now be subject to negotiations with trades unions.
A recent survey of 21,000 residents conducted by the council found 57 per cent of people in favour of switching to fortnightly black bin collections.
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for environment, said: "While I accept there is a proportion of the population who will not be happy at losing their weekly bin collection, there is clearly a significant proportion of the population who think having their black bins collected on a fortnightly basis makes sense."
In the same survey, 47 per cent were in favour of having the fortnightly blue bin collections for plastics and papers being switched to a weekly system. But Mr Mancey said the option of switching to weekly blue bin collections would not save the council any money and, as a result, was not being considered in the immediate future.
He also criticised officers for producing a cabinet report published ahead the meeting, which included a reference to the expected reduction in staff numbers.
He said: "There is a fundamental learning point with this report.
"It cannot be right for workers to read about proposals that have been made public that affect their jobs in the Hull Daily Mail unless their trade unions have been informed of that in advance.
"We need to put in place a mechanism of dialogue to ensure everyone is aware of what is going on and talking place before it goes into the public domain."
Alongside the need to save money because of funding cuts, deputy council leader Councillor Daren Hale said the recent expansion of the council's doorstep recycling services through the blue and brown bins had influenced the decision to move to fortnightly black bin collections.
"As soon as the blue bins came in, the days of the black bins were numbered," he said.