Selective rubbish collectors leave a mess

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 June 2011

Rubbish left

Rubbish left

Archant

A RESIDENT of Esgar Rise in Worle witnessed her and her neighbours’ bins being neglected by recycling collectors.

Last Friday Jacqueline Cooke woke up and saw out of her window a recycling man arrive and ‘sift’ through a couple of green recycling boxes before walking away and leaving them all on the side of the road.

Jacqueline said: “He looked at just two boxes out of ten residents’ rubbish, and just walked away.

“I thought he was going to get some help, but he never returned.”

Walking out to the bins to see what was left, Jacqueline could not believe what she saw.

She said: “It is a mess.

“I have never seen anything so disgusting in all my life.

“They definitely haven’t got paid to do the job they are being employed to do.

“I am going to leave the rubbish there and I have told them to come and have a look.

“There are flies everywhere because the recycling and food waste is still here.”

Jacqueline put her rubbish bins, recycling box and food waste box out on Thursday night to be collected.

She said: “I put mine on the side of the road and made it tidy and neat, as did all the other residents.

“But it is now a mess because the bin men who came 20 minutes afterwards have had to kick the recycling bins away to get to the main bins.”

This is the first week that this has happened to Jacqueline since living in the property for the past six weeks.

Jacqueline said: “There was newspapers, plastic bottles, milk cartons, cardboard tubes.

“My brown bins have still got food inside, it is disgusting.”

North Somerset Council is responsible for the collection of the bins and recycling.

Spokesman Richard Turner said: “We have received a complaint from Mrs Cooke and we are making an investigation into it to find out why it wasn’t collected.”

Jacqueline has since had a visit from the manager of the recycling collectors for her area.

She said: “We had a look at the situation together and he told me that there was no reason why they shouldn’t have taken the rubbish.”

Following the visit, the council will be providing more recycling boxes for the area and are also handing out letters to residents to remind them what can and cannot be recycled.

Have you had any problems with waste not being collected? Contact the Mercury on 01934 422500.

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