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Harrogate Bin Collections: Could the worst be over?

Harrogate Bin Collections: Could the worst be over?

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Lachlan Leeming at 7:31am 22nd August 2019. (Updated at 9:04am 23rd August 2019)

New statistics point to the worst of Harrogate’s bin collection woes being over.

Figures this week show the borough council completed 99.9% of its scheduled collections over Monday and Tuesday.

Monday saw 99.1% of scheduled bins collected, while on Tuesday residual waste was picked up from 7980 properties, a 99.99% success rate.

All scheduled green waste and recycling was also retrieved on Tuesday.

Previously, the council’s ‘baseline’ – the figure it operated off before changing its collection routes in late June – was 98.5%. 

According to the council, external issues – such as vehicles blocking the road, staff sickness, or vehicle breakdown – have always prevented the collection of every last bin.

The improved figures come the week after it was revealed that more than 2,500 missed collections were reported across the district in July.

The council had been plagued with missed collections it attributed to “teething problems” as it waited for the new routes to “bed in”, following the overhaul of recycling and household bin collections was implemented on June 24.

Council leader Richard Cooper said last week that the issues would be fixed within two to three weeks.

Multiple pockets of the community from across the Harrogate district have reported in recent weeks of not having their waste picked-up since the June changes, with those issues continuing into August.

Others have suffered from irregular collections since the changes were brought in.

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