High winds tip over Poole recycling bins
9:00am Saturday 7th January 2012
PARTS of Poole resemble a tip with overturned blue bins, paper strewn around the streets and bottles smashed on roads.
A combination of high winds and confusion over recycling collection days after the Christmas break has left residents livid and complaining to Borough of Poole.
But many thought they would be collected this week and put their bins and extra black bags out only for their contents to be distributed by winds of over 30mph.
“The whole area has been turned into a tip,” said James Watkins of Cheddington Road.
“We have had no help or support from the council.”
He said they had not received notification that there would be no collection during Christmas week, no recycling calendar delivered, stickers on bins or extra bags, as had been the case previously.
“There’s broken glass, cardboard and rubbish flying around. It’s dangerous,” he said.
Brian Cunliffe, 72, of Culliford Crescent said he had made two trips to the tip to dump rubbish over the Christmas period.
“Bins have been blowing over into the gardens and into the road,” he said. “It’s a fast road.”
He said he could not understand why the bins had not been collected.
“We are paying for it. There is no excuse not to come when it’s not a bank holiday and it’s your day.”
In Hamworthy many residents also put out their recycling bins for a Tuesday collection which did not materialise, and were promptly blown over.
Mary Parsons, chairman of Lake Residents’ Association bemoaned the limited information published in the council’s Poole News and the lack of a calendar on the website.
“Many roads in Hamworthy have had no blue bin clearance since December 13. It is now, belatedly, realised that the next predicted clearance is January 10 – four weeks of accumulated tins, plastic, paper and glass – as well as Christmas packaging,” she said.
Kate Langdown, waste and fleet team manager, said: “Borough of Poole has not collected blue or black bins during the Christmas week for more than 10 years.
“We advised residents there would be no collections through local media, our residents magazine Poole News and on our website.
Due to increasing budget pressures the decision was taken not to issue every household with an individual recycling collection calendar this year but these can be downloaded at boroughofpoole.com/yourpoole.”
She said they have received fewer calls than normal and thanked residents for their patience and understanding.
Collection teams were working hard to ensure waste was cleared as quickly as possible and teams would be out collecting wind blown waste.