Council fleet car used to clear excess rubbish
BLACK bags filled with rubbish have been spotted being loaded into the back of one of Dundee City Council’s electric fleet cars.
Now a local trade union leader is calling for assurances over the clearing of rubbish from Dundee streets following the reports.
Irene Mitchell, of Balgarthno Road, said she had been shocked to watch the “smartly dressed” man load the bags into the car.
Mrs Mitchell, 64, said the man – dressed in a jumper and trousers but wearing gloves – arrived to remove the bags following complaints that rubbish had been allowed to build up on her street for nine weeks.
Mrs Mitchell said she had complained after the rubbish was not removed.
She added: “Following my complaint, the man appeared.
“I was quite surprised as I watched him remove several bags of rubbish and load them into the car.
“I would have expected a bin lorry to come and take away the rubbish, not a man in a small car.”
George Barr, local convener of Unite’s environmental division, said he had been in touch with the council about the matter.
Mr Barr added: “I was told that a supervisor had indeed collected rubbish in the back of the car, but this had been a one-off situation to get rubbish cleared from the street following complaints.
“I have expressed the union’s concerns to the council and am seeking assurances that this won’t happen again.
“I’m prepared to accept that this happened in a bid to clear the mess on the street but it is not acceptable.
“This raises all sorts of health and safety concerns.
“It also comes at a time where environmental department workers are continuing to fight to safeguard jobs as a result of council cuts.
“They are also still in talks over terms and conditions.
“This must not be allowed to happen again and the union will be monitoring the situation.”
A spokeswoman for Dundee City Council said: “Where appropriate, action will be taken by a supervisor to uplift excess litter.”
Local trade union leader George Barr is seeking assurances over the clearing of rubbish from city streets.