Council says recycling is 'not going to landfill'
PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 January 2012
NORTH Somerset Council has reassured members of the public their recycling is not being taken to landfill, despite the council's contractors using refuse lorries to clear the backlog.
The Mercury has received reports from concerned residents across Weston that their recycling had been collected by normal rubbish trucks.
However, the council says it has used spare refuse trucks to collect recyclable waste, taking it to be sorted afterwards at a plant at Avonmouth which recovers material which can be recycled from waste.
A spokesman at New Earth Solutions plant, which described itself as ‘second chance recycling’ because it separates recyclable waste from normal rubbish, confirmed seven lorries from North Somerset had used the site on Monday.
But residents also say their rubbish still has not been collected, with North Somerset Council now saying that they are still catching up with this week’s collections.
Andrew Sault, of Walkers Drive, Weston Village, said rubbish should have been collected on his street on December 30, but it wasn’t until January 9 that any rubbish was taken.
Even then, he says only half the street’s rubbish was taken.
He said: “The rubbish is beginning to pile up and we just seem to be banging our heads against a brick wall.”
A spokesman for the council told the Mercury: “We are confident that all the recycling has now been collected from Walkers Drive. Our contractors have experienced difficulties in collecting the extra 45 per cent of recycling generated over the Christmas period and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused by waste remaining at the kerbside.”
Tim Penwell of Mead Vale, Worle, said his waste was never taken on January 6, the day it was due for collection, but was instead collected on January 8.
He says the next day recycling lorries came looking for what had been taken the day before.
He said: “Why a Sunday collection in a landfill vehicle when recycling ones are out anyway the following day? What a waste of taxpayers’ money and the council is so-called cash strapped. Rubbish indeed.”
The council spokesman added: “We have been using some of our waste lorries to collect recycling due to the extra pressure put on our recycling vehicles by the 45 per cent increase in recycling over the festive period.
“We can assure residents that their recycling is not being sent to landfill but is being taken to a material recovery centre in Avonmouth, which is run by Biffa. Here it is sorted and recycled appropriately.”