Recycling gets clean bill of health

FOLLOWING a 'rigorous review' North Somerset Council has declared that everything is in order with its waste collection service

FOLLOWING a 'rigorous review' North Somerset Council has declared that everything is in order with its waste collection service.Two weeks ago the Weston & Somerset Mercury revealed claims by an employee of one of the firms the local authority uses to pick up waste.The man, who works for Veolia, said because the company is short-staffed it sends out one van from the civic amenity site in Weston to pick up both black bag rubbish and materials carefully separated into green bags for composting.But this week the local authority told the Mercury it has carried out checks and examined records to make sure everything is as it should be.The authority's executive member for environment, Councillor Carl Francis-Pester, said: "The review involved a thorough examination of our contractors' current procedures and records covering a six-week period. We have now concluded the review and found no evidence that green waste was being mixed with domestic waste."Checks have been carried out which show that all the waste delivered to our recycling centre in Weston is declared and recorded correctly."We are confident our contractors are collecting and separating our waste properly. The allegations that have been made in the press are unfounded."Ian Jewell, a contract manager for Veolia, the company responsible for domestic and green waste collections, said: "Veolia remains committed to delivering a quality service in line with our contract and, while we were disappointed that these unfounded allegations were made, we have gladly made all of our records available for investigation."We will continue to contribute to the rising levels of recycling and hope that local householders will continue with their positive effects."* Have you noticed any problems with your waste collections? If so let us know via

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