Recycling enthusiast horrified to see waste all chucked in landfill
RECYCLING enthusiast Denise Hicks was horrified to find all of her household waste was bound for a landfill site.
She was amazed to see Tewkesbury Borough Council refuse workers put her recyclable material into a lorry that only carried general rubbish. It happened outside her home in Fiddington, near Tewkesbury.
She said: "I witnessed the bins being emptied, with both my green wheelie bin of general waste and my blue one with recyclable goods being put into a landfill truck.
"I'm going to complain to my MP Laurence Robertson. It's disgusting."
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Mrs Hicks said it was hardly a reward for the effort she went to, separating and washing items for recycling at her Tyrefield Cottage home.
And it made her wonder about how serious the council was about recycling.
"They don't seem to be showing much commitment to it," she said.
She added that if the council workers had problems dealing with large amounts of waste following the Christmas and New Year holidays, they could have asked her to hang on to the recyclable material for an extra week.
Mrs Hicks said the incident was the second in recent weeks to annoy her.
The other was when she took recyclable material to the civic amenity site at Stoke Orchard because it was piling up at her home, due to the borough council having fewer collections over the holidays.
But when she got there, she said an attendant told her to throw it in a general waste skip.
The borough council's lead member for clean and green environment Councillor Jim Mason (C, Winchcombe) said: "We have been in touch with Mrs Hicks to fully explain this situation. Unfortunately, we were unable to empty her bins over Christmas because our one lorry that can access the remote property was unable to due to floodwater.
"Understandably, she advised us that she wanted her bins emptied as quickly as possible.
"So as soon as we were able to, we sent our lorry out.
"This is an extremely rare circumstance but as Mrs Hicks wanted her bins emptied immediately we collected her blue bin and green bin contents in one go as it would not have made environmental sense to send the lorry out on two separate trips for just one property."