Refuse Recycling and Green Waste Collections
26/06/2018 14:08:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Residents are contacting me experiencing severe problems with their green waste collections. One resident has contacted the council more the fifteen times and even after my intervention the smelly bin remains some five weeks later. In this very hot weather the stench drifting down the street is quite horrible. Not only are residents experiencing difficulty with collections but there seems to be a disconnect between the council and the contractor in the reporting of missed bins. There is also a problem with tracing payments made by telephone when the council system of paying on line was down. Nobody at the council can find the payments which is extraordinary. Elderly residents are contacting me in despair. They have no access to online systems.
Coupled with the above residents living in a split road for collections of recycling and general waste are also being missed with two crews on separate weeks giving different informaton despite residents showing the men on their rounds the paperwork put through their doors.
Another excuse given to residents is that the bin is not properly presented or the bin is contaminated and when council officers have visited the properties they have found this to be completely untrue. Both McCarthy and Stone's Yew Tree Court on the Limpsfield Road and the properties at the Methodist Church are also struggling with sporadic waste collections as well as the shops on the Limpsfield Road.
Something has gone seriously wrong and the situation needs rectifying immediately. We are all dreading the new system of recycling in September as it doesn't appear that they can cope with the arrangements that are already in place.
For those families who have gardens they may have three green bins, one general waste, one for plastics and tins, one for paper and card and the food waste bin. That's is seven bins being stored for the council at residential properties. Whilst we all support the increase in recycling for those not living in a property that can cope with the footage these bins will take I certainly hope that the boxes can be retained.
The impact of this at the frontage of the house can be quite unsightly and destroy the character of the area as anyone who has visited Brighton will see. And the very people that need to be encouraged to do more recycling are not generally those that are living in the larger detached houses but those living in the flatted developments and properties that are unable to house the new system. So will there be an increase in recycling - we will have to wait and see!