‘Exmouth becoming a trash town’ - claim
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 March 2017
Exmouth has been dubbed a ‘trash town’ by a pensioner angry at new recycling rules being rolled out across East Devon.
Alec Jefford, 65, of Marions Way, Brixington, is taking the district council to task over the number of bins allocated to each home, and the amount of rubbish left strewn by the roadside after each collection.
The granddad-of-two said the district council should follow Exeter’s lead and supply larger bins for recycling and waste. He said the current system of multiple collection containers was ‘too much’.
Mr Jefford said: “You say, ‘I’m not going to bother, it’s going to give me a lot of grief’. Exeter has two bins - one for general and one for recyclables why does Exmouth need four? Rows of bins outside the terraces and roads are changing our town and not for the better. Exmouth is truly being transformed by the East Devon District Council (EDDC) into a trash town. What a mess EDDC has led us into with the rubbish and recycling in Exmouth. Look around at what used to be neat estates and look at all the dustbins boxes and bags strewn over the pavements gardens and roads.
“Walk around The Colony area and look how the council has improved our lives with all the bins, boxes and bags strewn about the pavements - where they used to be in the back, now it’s all out the front on the pavements, seven days a week.
“Who thinks it’s a good idea to have lightweight bags full of lightweight plastics blowing around Exmouth roads? It’s a mess.”
The council’s new recycling and waste service, launched in Exmouth in mid-February, will be rolled out to the rest of the district from June 2017, collecting a wider range of recyclable rubbish.
Mr Jefford said the effects of the new system were felt long after the recycling teams had left Exmouth.
“As I passed the recycling lorry off Valley Way, there were clouds of plastics blowing back off the lorry as it was being loaded with green bags,” said Mr Jefford. “It all blew down the road into gardens and bushes and the gutter - no attempt being made to clean up after them.
“A day later, walking down an access path in Brixington, I found, along with plastic milk bottles, ready and take-away meal containers and all manner of plastic rubbish - all of which had been blown down the close across driveways, pavements, gardens, and finally funneled down the path.
“Included in the plastic and paper rubbish was a ripped-up copy of someone’s bank statement, presumably from a failed box to lorry transfer which was not cleaned up.”
An EDDC spokeswoman said council contractor Suez was responsible for clearing spilt rubbish within a two metre radius; or EDDC’s StreetScene team for more widespread spills. She said extra litter pickers had been tasked during Storm Doris.
The EDDC spokeswoman said recycling boxes and bags were designed to be stacked to create the ‘same footprint’ as a wheelie bin, but offered greater opportunity to recycle at a lower cost to the council.