Fes­tive re­cy­cling ‘chaotic’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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