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SEDGEMOOR CAUGHT OUT BY RE-CYCLING GAP

posted 29 Mar 2012, 15:53 by Westover Labour
Turning up at the Mount street Recycling banks adjoining the Brewery Field today, Westover Councillor Brian Smedley joined a queue of locals confused by the sudden disappearance of the paper and cardboard recycling units. Bags of paper and card in hand eagerly carried from homes to support Recycling. But nowhere to put them.

Some people had dumped theirs angrily on the empty site of the absent units, some filled the normal bins  whilst others had wandered back home recyclables in hand. 

A phone call to Sedgemoors Environment department revealed the un-publicised truth that a contractor had pulled out early and had taken their bins with them leaving Sedgemoor with yet another rubbish gap. A Sedgemoor spokesperson  explained "Replacement containers arrive on Monday and Tuesday in Bridgwater. The Current Contractor has removed his containers early and hence there will be a 5 days period with no containers for paper and card. Clean surroundings will remove material dumped on the ground in the meantime, but residents should be advised to take their recycling home until next week. All new containers should be in place across Sedgemoor by the end of next week."

Within 30 minutes Sedgemoor had put out an official press statement with a positive spin . 

"Our Clean Surroundings section, in conjunction with Somerset Waste Partnership, are offering an improved and more efficient service for recycling bring banks across the district as from April 1.

We have a new contractor – DS Smith – who will be handling all the bring banks for Sedgemoor District Council.  Historically, these were handled by a variety of contractors; by bringing them under one contractor makes the service more efficient; a cheaper yet improved service for residents.

Logistically, there may be a couple of locations whereby the old contractor will remove their banks before the new ones arrive.  We did not have an exact timetable from our old contractors as to when they would be removing their banks and therefore unable to pinpoint which sites would not have recycling banks and for how long.  Clean surroundings staff will be monitoring the temporarily vacant sites to remove any material deposited before the new banks are in place.  However, all new banks will be in place and operational by the start of the Easter holidays.  The new banks will be improved in design and easier to empty. "

The Circular listed the Bring Bank details (for Bridgwater) as follows

Bridgwater –Barclay Street Car Park
Cans
Cardboard
Drinks Cartons
Glass
Paper
Plastic bottles

Bridgwater -SDC  offices, Northgate side
Cardboard
Paper



Bridgwater -Grenville House, Rhode Lane
Cans
Cardboard
Glass
Paper

Bridgwater - Mount Street Car Park
Cans
Cardboard
Glass
Paper
Plastic bottles
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