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Reverse Van Ban At Essex Recycling Centres

Monday, August 8, 2016
GMB Calls For Council To Reverse Van Ban At Essex Recycling Centres

Although we understand the problem the County Council are trying to resolve, we do not believe that this is the answer says GMB.

GMB, the union for recycling and refuse workers, has called for Essex county council to reverse a move to ban vans and trucks from eleven recycling sites to avoid increased abuse for recycling staff (see notes to editors for a copy of the letter to Essex County Council).

In a letter to councillors, regional GMB organiser Dave Powell said that added difficulty when recycling, an increase in fly tipping and added congestion at sites that allowed larger vehicles were likely to lead to increased complaints from the public.

Dave Powell, GMB regional organiser, said “The county council are rightly concerned regarding trade waste being taken into recycling centres. Although we understand the problem the county council are trying to resolve, we do not believe that this is the answer. 

GMB believes it would make more sense to develop four sites across the County that can be licensed to accept trade waste at a cost to the trader, as has been done in other counties.”

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Contact: Dave Powell on 07710 631349 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

1 Letter to Essex County Council from GMB regional organiser Dave Powell

Dear Councillor,  

My name is Dave Powell GMB Senior Organiser for the Essex area, the following came to my attention at a meeting yesterday and I believe that these changes will affect all District and Borough Councils in Essex. 

Essex County Council are introducing changes to their recycling centres from 1 October this year, that could have a significant impact on fly tipping with your Authority. 

The County Council are rightly concerned regarding trade waste being taken into recycling centres, that is contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environmental Act 2005.  The Council are banning all vans and trucks from eleven sites across the county and there sites will no longer accept a range of waste from spoil to doors, at the remaining nine sites, strict limits will be put in place.

Although we understand the problem the County Council are trying to resolve, we do not believe that this is the answer.  We are convinced that if these changes are allowed to be implemented four major issues will occur.

Firstly this will have a major impact on recycling targets as many householders will find it almost impossible to recycle most DIY materials.

Secondly, fly tipping will increase significantly, Essex County may well achieve their aim to ensure that taxpayers costs are kept down, but if we are correct, that burden will fall on the District and Borough Councils, whose duty it is to clear fly tipping waste.  The overall cost will increase to Council Tax payers, not decrease.

Thirdly, we believe that there may be increase traffic congestion at the nine sites allowing vans in. 

Lastly, we are concerned that it is the site operatives that will have the abuse from the public when trying to police this. 

Surely it would make more sense to develop maybe four sites across the County that can be licensed to accept trade waste at a cost to the trader, as has been done in other counties.

Please take the time to look at how this may affect your Authority. Further information can be found at www.recycleforessex.com.

Many thanks.

Regards,

Dave

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