Welwyn Hatfield Council's missed recycling pick-ups branded 'truly shocking'

PUBLISHED: 16:06 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:49 18 July 2017

Moors Walk recycle bins. Picture credit: Malcolm Cowan.

Moors Walk recycle bins. Picture credit: Malcolm Cowan.

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The borough council has been roasted for failing to empty numerous recycling banks across Welwyn Garden City.

Church Road's recycle bins. Picture credit: Malcolm Cowan.Church Road's recycle bins. Picture credit: Malcolm Cowan.

Liberal Democrat leader, councillor Malcolm Cowan, said it was “truly shocking” that several paper, plastic, glass and can banks had been left to overflow for around a fortnight.

Among the areas of concern were Moors Walk, Black Fan Road’s Morrisons, Woodhall, Church Road and Haldens.

Mr Cowan also claimed that the council’s waste contractor Serco only uses one specialist vehicle for the collections – which is currently out of action.

He added: “It is astonishing that the council is dependent on such a small operation – did they know about this when the contract was signed, and why is there no backup?

Recycle bins near Morrisons in Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit: Malcolm Cowan.Recycle bins near Morrisons in Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit: Malcolm Cowan.

“This seems to be taking cost-cutting to ludicrous lengths.”

A borough council spokesman said: “The specialist vehicle used to empty the council’s network of recycling banks has recently been unavailable due to repair work.

“However, it is now back on the road carrying out its scheduled collections, plus additional ones, to ensure we get back on track by the end of this week.

“In the meantime, Serco have been making extra visits to clear excess waste and fly-tips from around the banks on a daily basis.”

Recycle bins in Shoplands, Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit Malcolm Cowan.Recycle bins in Shoplands, Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit Malcolm Cowan.

Recycle bins in Woodhall. Picture credit Malcolm Cowan.Recycle bins in Woodhall. Picture credit Malcolm Cowan.

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