Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Civic Amenity Site goes from strength to strength



Yesterday, I'd arranged for councillors to be able to have a tour of the revamped Civic Amenity (CA) site in Whessoe Road. Wades took over the management of the facility after Easter, and as I've blogged previously, they have ambitious plans to improve customer service and drive up recycling rates.

If you've not been there since, you'll notice some big changes. The staff are now focussed on helping residents dispose of their waste, and the unsightly mess next to the portakabin has been cleared away. Because the skips are emptied more frequently, they become full far less frequently, and so there's much less evidence of paper and carboard litter around.

Now Wades have planning permission to turn the vacant site next door into a multi-purpose facility which can both deal with smaller loads of commercial waste, and also compact and send on material from the side devoted to householders. This should lead to improved efficiencies, and further reduce the carbon footprint of the operation, making some long journeys to the waste transfer station in Heighington Lane redundant. Already, the amount of waste recycled at the CA site has risen to 75%.

There were lots of questions yesterday, but everyone seemed happy. Ironically, the site is closed today owing to high winds, but even this eventuality should happen far less frequently under the new management.

I hope the pictures give a true sense of the changes made since Easter.

12 comments:

miketually said...

Are residents allowed to take recycling to the site by bicycle?

Anonymous said...

you can drop your bike off too if you like mike...

miketually said...

I'll keep the bikes thanks, but it would be nice to know I can drop stuff off there by bike, now that I have one capable of lugging bigger things there.

Anonymous said...

I dont remember receiving an invitation to this as it is in my ward, must have got lost in the post!
Gill

Anonymous said...

Gill, funny that, cant think why?

I did like...."Ironically, the site is closed today owing to high winds, but even this eventuality should happen far less frequently under the new management."

WoW Wades to control wind, god they are good, perhaps they can use this wind magic to stop some of the hot air talked at cabinet meetings.

Recycle, recycle, recycle I remember when it was education, education, education what did we get recession, recession, recession.

Nu-Labour you have to laugh they have their priority's sorted!

Twat shoes said...

Can I take my rubbish by foot, I like Mike now have bigger feet and can carry more as I have invented the eco twat shoe?

This is a trainer for style and speed with a wheelie bin, duct taped to each foot.

I have the European patent pending and anyone interested in becoming an boring eco, green moaner should move to China where all our shite gets burried anyway!

No No I hear them cry it does not but sadly a lot does, apparently they don't care what they put in hteir holes as they are not ruled by the EU tossers!

By the way those interested in a pair of twat shoes they come in sizes 7-12 with a choice of wheelie bin colour, with green being cheaper as I have a cheap source at Crook Council aparently they have a few spare bin's kicking about.

miketually said...

I would take some in a size 12, but I already have some shoes made from recycled tyres, paper and leather. Not sure how they were made though, what with all the recycling being sent to China for burning and all.

Twat Shoes said...

Mike
Consider a pair size 12 put to one side for you, after a little use they can be used like roller skates which also achieves a fine workout of the leg and buttock muscles. They are 100% recylable and come with a flattering range of accessories, thatched lids for example.

They retail at just under £30 and are subject to no VAT as the good townsfolk/tax payers of Crook have already (along with the field they are stored in) bought them several times over.

I will send you a paypal invoice. Anyone else interested please e-mail for more details.

www.ecotwatshoes.darlington.com

Darlington Councillor said...

I've deleted one comment owing to allegations against a third party.

Gill - the tour was organised via Democratic Services, and they emailed all councillors. Your colleague Barry Armstrong came along, as did Malcolm Dunstone from the LibDems. Dave Lyonette, Roddy Francis, Geoff Walker and Marian Swift were there from Labour.

Twat Shoes said...

Nick

Can I put you down for a pair of Transport Waste Athletic Trainers (TWAT) shoes, I would happily send you a free pair as head of "green" sustainabilty, just let me know your size and they will be in the post, maybe even to Brussels!

miketually said...

We have a dead pushchair that needs tipping, so I'll find out this afternoon if I'm allowed in on a bike or if it's car only...

Anonymous said...

Hi. I've read the comments and find them funny. I work in darlington and am disgusted that the council won't even provide it's residents with wheelie bins. Every week when i travel up yarm road i see bags upon bags of rubbish. Does the council not understand that this is highly disgusting. This seriously is a clear risk to health and as wheelie bins are provided by other councils, darlington should really sit up and observe/listen. We in county durham have 2 wheelie bins and 1 recycling green box which soon we will be getting a 3rd wheelie bin for recycling or glass. So we'll have a bin for normal rubbish, a bin for garden rubbish and a bin for recycling or glass.