Horrified At Recycling and Rubbish Collection in East Cambs

I WAS gobsmacked to open my Ely Standard last week and see the headline Waste Plan Review Call. Since we moved into the East Cambs area 15 months ago we have been horrified at the poor level of collection service for rubbish and recycling in the area. T

I WAS gobsmacked to open my Ely Standard last week and see the headline Waste Plan Review Call.

Since we moved into the East Cambs area 15 months ago we have been

horrified at the poor level of collection service for rubbish and recycling in the area.

The figures speak for themselves, we moved from Fenland (16 per cent higher recycling than East Cambs) in your recycling fact file). When we lived there we were issued with three wheelie bins, one for garden and compostable waste, one for dry waste and another for general rubbish.

The bins were only emptied fortnightly but it was never an issue as the bins were large enough to hold the amount of rubbish accumulated over

this period, but also set a limit on rubbish that was taken as the

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lid had to be shut or the bin men would refuse to take the bin.

Since we moved into East Cambridgeshire we are given one black

recycling box, a compostable bag and more recently a clear bag for

plastic bottles, they do take the carrier bags of glass, tins and

plastic, but have never emptied our black box, or replaced the brown

compostable bag when we have left one out, we just get one black bag

thrown somewhere in the vicinity of our house.

There is no limit on the amount of black bags they will take each

week, and as they never empty the black box we leave out we, very

regrettably have little option but to put the majority of our

compostable rubbish into black bags.

I have phoned Veolia several times and complained, they take my name

and address but nothing happens beyond this. I emailed the last

time the Ely Standard raised concerns over Veolia's performance, but there has been no change.

It's no good blaming householders, I am afraid the council's poor

percentage figures is no-one's fault but their own. They keep

mentioning Veolia's teething problems, I personally think it's more of

a nasty toothache that we need to get rid of.

PAUL WRIGHT

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