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Published: 00:01, 06 August 2014 |
Updated: 10:43, 06 August 2014
Thanet council has been accused of operating a waste collection “con” by mixing carefully sorted recycling waste which is hurled indiscriminately into the backs of bin lorries.
Furious Cliftonville resident Lesley Brown says she was told by a council officer that mechanical failure of freighters was to blame and the situation has been plaguing collections for two months.
She spoke out as the council introduced a zero-tolerance policy if householders put the wrong items into their household recycling containers, informing residents that crews will not take their recycling if that happens.
Mrs Brown, of Cornwall Gardens, has been monitoring collections for a month.
She said: “So much money, time and effort has gone into setting up this recycling scheme and yet for two months nearly all their vehicles have been off the road.
“We are separating and doing our bit and then they come along and throw it all together.
“Thanet council gets a lot of money for being a recycling council.”
She has watched as discarded food from her brown bin has been tipped into her blue recycling bin normally reserved for plastics and tin.
Mrs Brown added: “They are mucking up our bins by doing it that way. I would hope they would at least keep the food separated.”
She says that the problem of keeping food waste separate occurs when the designated freighter is off the road and the problem is widespread throughout Thanet.
She said: “ We are under threat of prosecution if we don’t go along with it but it is just one big con.”
Ramsgate resident Mike Poulter of Pegwell Close, said bin collectors refused to empty his blue bin because it contained items from the council’s list of materials that can’t be recycled.
He said: “It is very true that the bin contained four plastic bags. Each contained over eight empty tin cans. This was done purely to stop flies breeding maggots over the two-week period prior to collection. I cannot think of any other method of preventing this infestation.
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