Councillor John Humphries on the rubbish trail

PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth councillor hopped on a rubbish truck to see what the job involved on the front line.

AN Exmouth councillor hopped on a rubbish truck to see what the job involved on the front line.

With so many complaints on bins not being collected, Exmouth Town Councillor John Humphries decided to step in the shoes of refuse collectors to find the root of the problem.

The Littleham councillor collected nine and a half tonnes of refuse from The Colony area, Lyndhurst, Waverley and Withycombe.

He said: "It's a tough, hard and dirty job and I don't think the general public always appreciate it.

"Lots of people are very good at recycling but there are still some who are throwing away bottles and jars and papers and magazines that will end up in landfill."

The councillor also noticed a lot of plastic and cardboard in the bags - a problem East Devon District Council and Devon County Council are starting to look into including as part of their recycling service.

Cllr Humphreys said there were other difficulties for the workmen, including areas that were difficult to get to because of all the parked cars: "One of the team said that he'd just had a load of verbal abuse from a car driver who couldn't get past the dustcart on a crowded road.

"What can they do?

"They've got to get to these homes to empty the bins.

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