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Concern raised over lack of waste collection

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

Residents of a town in the Moorlands have been raising concern over their waste not being collected for over a week. After contacting Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) and continuing to have these issues, some of the residents of Monkhouse in Cheadle, claim that they have been left with bins still full of glass and waste.

Residents of a town in the Moorlands have been raising concern over their waste not being collected for over a week.

After contacting Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) and continuing to have these issues, some of the residents of Monkhouse in Cheadle, claim that they have been left with bins still full of glass and waste.

One resident who is continuing his fight with the council, Paul Plant, told the Cheadle & Tean Times: “Where I live in town, they can’t get the bin lorry up there so the rural collects most of it and picks it up.

“From last week, they said they no longer accepted glass which is a major thing that needs to get recycled, so they just didn’t collect anyone’s things and there was just rubbish left over for about a week now.

“When I spoke to the driver, they said to take it to the bottle bin or something and then we found that there weren’t any bottle bins in Cheadle anyway, they’d been taken away.

“All the neighbours have been contacting SMDC but we couldn’t get through to them, and when we did they weren’t interested and wouldn’t put us through to the waste people.

“They told us to go on the website and send them an email, but it could take up to ten days for a response.”

Mr Plant has also, recently, been contacted by the waste contractor that SMDC uses and has told us: “This will affect approximately 600 homes in the Cheadle area alone.

“We were given no notice or any communication at all until the collection was left on the side of the road, last week, uncollected.

“We are paying the same council tax as everyone else but not getting the service that we pay for.”

We contacted SMDC, for a response on the matter. A spokesperson said: “There are around 600 rural properties in the Moorlands where roadside recycling collection services are provided by a caged van.

“These households present their recycling in kerbside boxes rather than bins as we are unable to get to the properties in a refuse collection vehicle which can empty a wheeled bin.

“We unfortunately cannot collect glass from these properties due to the risk of shards of glass escaping during transportation.”

They added: “It has become apparent recently that some of the households serviced by the van have been leaving glass items out for collection and crews have been incorrectly collecting these items.

“We have written to these properties to advise them not to present glass alongside their other recyclables as it cannot be collected by this vehicle. We’d like to thank people for their understanding of these circumstances.

“Residents can use the https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-locator to identify their nearest facility which is able to accept glass bottles and jars for recycling.”

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