Through Thomas richardson
Published on 16 May 21 at 19:16
“Find a consensus on the expected service for waste collection, by expressing wishes for improvement of this sector within a constrained budget. »This is the aim of the survey carried out by the association UFC Que Choose Val de Seine concerning the new organization of the waste collection set up by the urban community Grand Paris Seine and Oise (GPS & O) in Yvelines. A change that concerns forty-nine municipalities since the 1er last january. The twenty-four others will apply it from the 1er January 2022.
Concretely, the new organization has led to a decrease in the number of collections, especially in residential areas, causing “overflows of bins and calls to town halls, recalls the association. This abrupt change has surprised, caused embarrassment and sometimes discontent. “
During the first half of February, UFC Que Choose Val de Seine questioned its 400 members through a questionnaire. “In this very limited period of time, we have obtained 133 replies, of which 118 concerned 35 municipalities located on the territory of GPS & O. “
Lack of communication
The results of this survey are now known and the association notes overall that this new organization is perceived by respondents as “a decline in the quality of services”. The majority also regret a lack of upstream communication. Only 23% say they had the information and some only a few days before the entry into force of the new organization.
“This reduction in collections is considered too strong and too brutal, with sometimes inconvenient collection dates, such as that for bulky items in early August. This reduction is also misunderstood with regard to the household waste collection tax, whose disparate rates between the municipalities of GPS & O have not been harmonized or revised downwards.
Bulk is not unanimous
Regarding first the collection of packaging reduced from once a week to once every two weeks, the survey reveals that more than 40% of the households concerned specify having modified their sorting to the point, for example, of putting recyclable materials. in the general trash. 62% consider that the reduction in collections of recyclables is not consistent with the objective of improving selective sorting.
When asked are you ready to use less packaging when shopping, 93% of the answers are in the affirmative.
“When they buy in-store, they want to be able to leave the over-packaging in place,” says the affiliation. On the opposite hand, meals bulk, which is an answer to restrict waste, is just not unanimous for causes of hygiene. Consumers’ confidence in this apply must be strengthened. “
Another discovering of the survey: respondents need to have the ability to put extra plastic waste in the recyclable bin (meals bins and jars resembling yoghurts, capsules, and many others.). Even extra, they’re calling for an finish to using plastic and as a substitute favor cardboard and glass bottles, with the precept of deposit. To assist scale back using plastic, they advocate the institution of a deposit for the return of plastic bottles or to cost an environmental tax to corporations that proceed to make use of plastic every time it may be changed by a recyclable materials and of renewable origin. Finally, individuals ask for coaching and thematic workshops to assist them additional scale back their quantity of waste.
Popular luggage for crops
Collecting as soon as every week as a substitute of twice, family waste family waste appears to be much less of an issue. UFC Que Choisir nonetheless notes that 26.5% of survey individuals deplore the constraint, between two passages, of getting to retailer luggage of waste exterior the bin, with the inherent odors. “The hygienic risk has been brought to our attention several times, especially during hot periods. “
Bulky items cause more concern and the survey results state that “people prefer to stay on a regular pickup, 76% of them opting for more than three times a year. Respondents also often expressed the fear that the decline in collections, especially that of bulky items, would cause an increase in illegal dumping. “
Ditto concerning the collection of green waste. The rhythm of a passage every two weeks is not suitable for the greatest number:
“The reduction in the frequency of collection and the limitation of the quantities of authorized deposits will amplify the difficulties during mowing, hedge trimming or leaf fall. Several respondents suggested increasing the limit on the quantities collected by collection or having the option of collection on request. “
UFC Que Choisir also notes that the bags remain widely popular with users for plant removal “because they take up less space when not in use and allow volumes to be modulated. “
As for the practice of compost, 55% of participants use it. Some ask to be able to benefit from training or evoke nuisances (odors, pests) that could cause tensions with the neighborhood. Finally, others point out that the use of a compost bin appears to them incompatible with prolonged periods of absence from home.
Recommendations and responses from GPS & O
Guided by a desire to find a consensus, UFC Que Choisir Val de Seine lists its recommendations. Jean-Luc Gris, vice-president of Grand Paris Seine et Oise, reacts to the proposals.
The association recommends maintaining the rhythm of one collection per week. “The citizens can play on the size of the bins to increase their storage capacities. We must remember the importance of reducing these polluting products that must be incinerated. “
Jean-Luc Gris confirms the maintenance of a collection per week and specifies that as of January 1, 2023, it will be possible to put more household waste in the yellow bins, in all the municipalities of the territory.
UFC Que Chooser asks that the pace change to once a week, while specifying that “the quantity of recyclable products is generally expected to decrease, thanks to the limitation of packaging and packaging”.
“For the moment, we remain at a collection every two weeks, answers Jean-Luc Gris. It is not final. This must be accompanied by communication on what is put in it and what is not in it. I am thinking of the big boxes. We are starting to set up voluntary drop-off points for boxes. It will be done gradually. “
UFC Que Chooser notes that the solution recommended by GPS & O to use larger bins is not always possible, due to lack of space in homes, even collective ones. “This is in addition to the increase in the number of bins. The sidewalk congestion would be increased, with the risk of making the gymkhana turn the path of pedestrians, especially since the afternoon collections cause a longer occupation of the sidewalks. This problem should be avoided because dates are more difficult to follow. It would be appreciated if you could find local kidnapping forecasts for the year on the Internet. “
“We are working with the municipalities on the calendars six months in advance,” said Jean-Luc Gris. We are also working on a search engine which would allow, from an address, to be able to know the days of collection. We plan, in the long term, on this platform, a geolocation of voluntary contribution points (PAV). This allows, from its address, to know where the nearest PAVs are. These tools should see the light of day at the end of the year and from January 1, across the country.
“The dangerousness of this product and a generally satisfactory recycling procedure militate in favor of maintaining home collection. Its abolition would be detrimental to people of modest means or the elderly, as well as to people without means of portage in deposit. The rate of once a week in the sectors which have collection coupled with the recyclable could be maintained, and a rate of once every 15 days adopted in the other sectors. “
“We tell people that the voluntary contribution point allows the material to be 100% recycled,” feedback Jean-Luc Gris. This is just not the case with door-to-door assortment the place the waste is compacted to make as few passages as attainable and we find yourself with small items of glass that go by way of the sorting. It’s a disgrace, as a result of glass might be the one materials that could be recycled endlessly. “
For the affiliation, it’s essential to have in mind the aged and those that usually are not outfitted (automobiles) to go to the recycling heart. “A passage each two months with weight restrictions (- 50 kg) and dimensions (- 2 m) would concern a lot of the inhabitants. Beyond this restrict, provide the likelihood, for those that have a whole lot of waste, to have it eliminated by appointment. “
“On the whole of the territory, we will return to a collection every two months, that is to say six per year, answers Jean-Luc Gris. This will be implemented gradually from September. This does not apply to those who are on call pickup. “
“Special luggage should be maintained, as requested by half of the survey respondents. The limitation final 12 months to a few luggage most and a bundle should disappear. The use of particular bins, the set up of which is in progress in sure municipalities, should stay attainable as a result of it makes it attainable to make sure common cleansing of gardens, paths and plantations all year long. “
The association also believes that the frequency of collection must be adapted to the season with “one assortment per week during times of leaf progress and fall and extra spaced assortment the remainder of the time”.
On this point, Jean-Luc Gris explains that the use of bins is imposed by labor regulations to improve the working conditions of rippers. The bins hang onto the truck while the bags have to be lifted and dropped manually. “On a tour, these bags represent very heavy volumes. “