January 4, 2011
rubbish 'poses public health risk', claims Burnham resident
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed their concerns that
delays in collecting rubbish and recycling are causing a 'public
Lloyd, from Bathurst Close, spoke out amid ongoing delays in collecting
recycled waste in the town following the recent snowfall.
Lloyd told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Like many local residents
I am very disappointed that a decision seems to have been made
to ignore waste collections on streets that were previously frozen
prior to Christmas."
appears to be the case as, since the thaw about a week ago, I
have seen refuse collections taking place on Burnham streets that
were not completely frozen during the recent bad weather while
rubbish continues to pile high on streets like ours that were
the worst affected - we have not had any recycled waste collected
in over three weeks."
"Rubbish is piling in our streets, attracting vermin and
creating an unnecessary public health risk."
Mark Blaker, Customer Relationship Manager at Somerset Waste Partnership,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am sorry that Mr Lloyd has had
his collections disrupted following the bad weather but pleased
he has had his non-recycled refuse collected."
"Recycling has been difficult, with daily tonnages exceeding
twice the normal average due to a combination of the disruption
and Christmas. For the first time, many households have been able
to put out cardboard and plastic bottles at kerbside - a facility
which, looking at the big picture, I'm pleased to say has been
meant that throughout last week, many crews were, despite working
up to 12 hours a day, unable to complete their rounds on the scheduled
day. We asked our collection contractor, May Gurney, to tackle
the uncompleted parts of rounds the next day, so the knock-on
effect was compounded toward the end of the week."
the plus side, most households will now have had a recycling and
food waste collection since Christmas, and the remaining backlog
is declining. With scheduled collections a day in arrears this
week, and a favourable weather forecast, we hope to be back on
track at close of play on Saturday."