Store recycling closed

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 January 2016

The recycling facility at Tesco in Salterton Road, pictured in November. The facility has now been closed due to persistent fly-tipping.

The recycling facility at Tesco in Salterton Road, pictured in November. The facility has now been closed due to persistent fly-tipping.

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Supermarket chain Tesco says it has been forced to close the recycling facility at its Salterton Road store due to persistent fly-tipping.

The Journal previously reported concerns about the recycling area looking untidy in November, at which time Tesco said misuse of the facility was to blame.

With the problem continuing to get worse, Tesco has now decided to pull the plug. The firm has apologised to customers, but suggested they use kerbside recycling services. Recycling facilities are also available at Devon County Council’s Knowle Hill Recycling Centre.

A Tesco spokesman said: “Unfortunately, we have had to remove the recycling facilities at our Exmouth superstore, due to persistently high levels of fly-tipping.

Colleagues did attempt various measures to improve the situation, including spending more time tidying it, but the problem got worse.

A risk assessment was conducted, before we made the decision, showing that an alternative recycling provision is available to our customers, via a service run by the council.

“Nonetheless, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”


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