Recycling nightmare continues for Weston residents

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 January 2011

Allan Hutchison and residents of Haywood Close, Weston. stilll haven't had recycling and green waste collected. Allan pictured with Shirley Barlow, Tim Cording, Tony Silva and Derek Barlow.

Allan Hutchison and residents of Haywood Close, Weston. stilll haven't had recycling and green waste collected. Allan pictured with Shirley Barlow, Tim Cording, Tony Silva and Derek Barlow.

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RESIDENTS have described North Somerset Council's waste collection service as 'disgraceful' after some homes went without their recycling collection for a fifth week.

Allan Hutchison and residents of Haywood Close, Weston. stilll haven't had recycling and green waste collected. Allan pictured with Shirley Barlow, Tim Cording, Tony Silva and Derek Barlow.

Despite the council saying that it was aiming to clear all remaining recycling by January 10, many residents have still not seen any collection lorries for recycling and have been left with ever-growing piles of waste on their doorsteps.

In particular areas such as the Coronation and Oldmixon estates have been badly affected, with residents becoming increasingly frustrated at the situation.

George Hutchison, of Haywood Close, said: “We haven’t had any food waste or green boxes collected since December 16, and it’s the same for all of the roads in this area.

“This is despite it being weeks since the snow cleared, and after the council said it would do it all by today.

“The trouble now will be when the lorries finally get round to picking it up, they’ll be chocker-blocked by the time they get halfway along their round, and they’ll have to leave the rest for another occasion.”

John Seagrove, of Griffin Road, in Weston Village, said: “The situation is disgraceful at the moment, the rubbish is blowing about everywhere and the streets are becoming even more messy.

Matthew Evans, of Pelican Close, said: “December 10 was our last collection for the recycling, and every time I phone the council up to ask when they’re doing it, they say ‘we’ll do it tomorrow’, but no-one ever comes.

The council says that in order to clear kerbsides more quickly, May Gurney workers will now collect all the recyclable materials together, and sort them later.

Separate vehicles will collect food waste and green box recycling, with the council telling residents who have not received their food waste and recycling collections to leave the containers out.

Councillor Carl Francis-Pester, Executive Member for Waste and Recycling said: “Despite bringing in additional resources from other parts of the country, and providing a 24 hour operation over the last week, including over the weekend, our contractors May Gurney have not yet been able to catch up on all the missed collections.

“I would like to thank our residents for their patience over the past couple of weeks, and reassure them that every effort is being taken to remedy the situation. We will be in ongoing discussion with May Gurney this week to consider all options to avoid such disruptions to this valuable service in the future.”

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