Rother District Council has apologised to residents as there could be delays collecting recycling bins due to a backlog at the processing site.
The large volumes of recyclable waste collected over Christmas and the New year is causing the backlog and vehicles can’t empty the waste collected.
Local residents say this could become a problem. Rachel Wheddon, a resident in Bexhill, says: ‘If the bins are full an there’s nowhere to put them, I can’t keep them in my home with two young children.
‘The recycling will end up in the rubbish, which then goes to landfill, which you don’t want, which is why you recycle.
‘So, it could have a knock-on effect if the bins do get full.’
The District council has also warned garden collection has been delayed by a day, but refuse collection hasn’t been affected.
A spokesman for Rother District Council apologised for the delay saying: ‘We’re sorry about the missed recycling bin collections and the inconvenience this may have caused. Our contractor had experienced some problems due to a large amount of recycling following the Christmas and New Year period, but the situation has now improved and the backlog is being cleared.’
Who Is the Provider?
Kier, the company who is in charge of collecting and processing recycling bins, was awarded the contract over a decade ago with the East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership (ESJWP); formed by Eastbourne, Hastings, Rother and Wealden councils.
The company began running waste operation services in Eastbourne and Wealden in April 2013 and Hastings and Rother in 2014. However, it has decided to end its decade-long contract four years early in June 2019.
Julian Tranter, Kier managing director, explained that: ‘Following significant change in the recycling market, Kier and East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership have mutually agreed to end the contract with effect from 28 June 2019.’
Some councils will now look at the option of bringing some or all waste back using in house services.