Wrong bin pick-up a one-off incident
EAGLE-eyed Bridgetown residents who saw recycling bins being emptied into the general rubbish collection truck last week have been assured this was an isolated incident.
“Our rubbish was just collected minutes ago and both our general waste and recycling bins were emptied into the same truck,” an irate resident wrote in an online forum on Thursday.
“They did the same with our neighbour’s bins. Clearly there’s no point in recycling if Bridgetown shire is just dumping the whole lot in together!”
Bridgetown-Greenbushes shire chief executive officer Tim Clynch said his staff had contacted the contractor involved, Cleanaway, which confirmed the incident but had assured the council it was a one-off.
“Cleanaway conducted its own investigation and confirmed to the shire that one of its drivers had made a serious error of judgement,” Mr Clynch said.
“The explanation given by the driver was that he had noticed the recycling bins hadn’t been collected so he made a decision to empty these bins into the rubbish truck.
“This is a serious breach as normally in this situation arrangements are made for the bins to be emptied by an alternative vehicle.
“Cleanaway has assured the shire it will use its own internal processes to ensure this type of error doesn’t occur again.” A spokeswoman told the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times that Cleanaway did not condone or tolerate mixing recyclables with general waste and was addressing the matter with its driver directly.
“We will also be undertaking additional training of our local team to reinforce the correct practice to ensure all recyclables presented for collection are correctly picked up to ensure maximum diversion from landfill,” she said.
Mr Clynch said he was satisfied with the company’s explanation but would keep an eye on the situation and encouraged residents to notify the council of any issues.
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