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Rubbish for recycling taped and left behind by Brighton and Hove binmen
5:20pm Tuesday 30th July 2013 in News
A householder was left livid after bin men refused to pick up her recycling containers – as they were four inches away from the pavement.
Gail Branch, of Derek Avenue, Hove, has always left her containers on her driveway for the bin men to pick them up.
But Brighton and Hove City Council’s Cityclean staff put yellow and black tape across the boxes and told her they could no longer collect the black bins unless they were on the pavement.
Mrs Branch said: “It’s mad. I have been doing it for years, ever since I moved here and I don’t understand why it’s a problem now.
“It’s ludicrous. They could have sent me a letter or something, not put tape over my boxes. It’s not the way to do business.”
After The Argus contacted the local authority it said the entire episode had been a mistake.
A council spokesman yesterday said: “Mrs Branch’s recycling boxes were not collected as they contained a large amount of glass mixed with other recycling materials “However, our operators unfortunately attached the wrong tape to the boxes, which suggested that they had been left in the wrong place.
“We have visited Mrs Branch this morning to apologise for the misleading information on the tape and to advise her on how to sort materials for recycling.
“The recycling will be collected later today.”
Information on the council’s website said that if glass gets mixed with the other items then it will smash into shards.
It makes recycling paper very difficult, having financial and environmental implications as well as possibly damaging machinery.
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