Recycling problems - a load of rubbish!

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 January 2012 | UPDATED: 14:53 04 January 2012

Collections were delayed across North Somerset

Collections were delayed across North Somerset

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RESIDENTS across North Somerset have suffered disrupted recycling collections over the Christmas and new year period, despite eight more vehicles out on the road.

A 45 per cent increase in the amount of recycling caused collections to run a day behind, although many Mercury readers have said it was worse in their area.

One Weston man said binmen had told him they were understaffed and they were having to collect more than ever before.

On the Mercury’s Facebook page, readers said delayed collections led to rubbish blowing away in the high winds.

But there were also message of support for the May Gurney employees. Ginny Gould praised the binmen for working in horrible weather conditions and on bank holidays.

Despite the backlog, Councillor Peter Bryant, executive member for waste and recycling, said the ‘unprecedented’ collection rates showed the council was succeeding in its recycling initiative.

He said: “The recycling trucks are having to make extra journeys to the depot to unload, mainly because of the volume of cardboard, which obviously eats into the crews collecting time.

“One two-man crew collected over eight tonnes of recyclables in a day, when on a normal day they would collect three and a half.

“I would like to thank all our residents for taking up the recycling message so strongly. Recycling means we are diverting waste from landfill, which is kinder to the environment and saves us money in landfill taxes.”

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