Festive recycling ‘chaotic’
A DISPUTE has broken out in Gerrards Cross after a woman slammed South Bucks District Council (SBDC) for not collecting recycling for five weeks over the Christmas period.
But the council said there had been a number of collections throughout December and is satisfied recyling had been collected from those bins that were left out correctly.
Michelle Braebrook, who lives on Upper Meadow, said the ‘thoroughly inadequate’ situation was so bad a ‘couple of people have been hit by rubbish’.
She added: “Particularly over the Christmas period it has been chaotic. They want to improve their recycling rates but they’re not enabling that. They are just encouraging it to go into landfill.” SBDC however stated collections had taken place on December 11 and 24 and January 9.
Mrs Braebrook, who works in marketing, said: “The entrance to the close looks like a bin site, because it’s filled with wheelie bins in the hope that they are going to come, and they don’t come.”
She added: “It makes you very frustrated and very disappointed and it makes the estate look dirty, having this rubbish flying all over the place. We came out one morning and found rubbish all across the front garden and over the road, because it’s overflowing with rubbish.”
She said: neighbours are
all “The very upset and frustrated with the waiting and waiting and not getting any response.
“[SBDC] were meant to collect it on Christmas Eve. I suspect they got caught up with Christmas magic.”
An SBDC spokesman said: “We have seen footage from the refuse vehicle’s online cameras which show the vehicle in Upper Meadow between 7.22am and 07.37am on the morning of December 24 and we are satisfied the crew emptied every bin out at the time of collection.
“Residents are asked to place their bins on their property boundary by 7am on collection day, and if the bin is not out when the refuse vehicle arrives to collect, it is our policy not to return.”