Fly infestation forces recycling to landfill

EXTRA LANDFILL: Wyre Forest District Council sent a

EXTRA LANDFILL: Wyre Forest District Council sent a "small amount" of recycling to landfill.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PLASTIC bottles, aluminium cans and glass jars collected by Wyre Forest residents in green bins have been sent to landfill, after an infestation of flies led to the temporary closure of a district recycling centre.

The insect problem put the site in Hoobrook out of action during the afternoon of Wednesday last week and council bosses chose to redirect kerbside collection lorries to a landfill facility instead.

Only a “small amount” of recycling went to landfill, according to Wyre Forest District Council, and alternative recycling plans have now been implemented.

Independent councillor Helen Dyke, the local authority's cabinet member for operational services, said: “With our residents’ help we regularly recycle a third of all waste. We are proud of the recycling rates and we are constantly looking for ways to recycle more.

“Our recycling is normally sent to a facility in Hoobrook but this closed on Wednesday afternoon, as they are dealing with a fly infestation.

“The short notice of the closure meant we had to send a small amount of recycling collected that afternoon to landfill.

“We are back recycling now as we have made alternative arrangements and recycling is being taken to Norton recycling plant.

“All agencies are working together to make sure that the Hoobrook facility is back up and running as soon as possible.

“We would like to remind residents to check what can and cannot be put into their recycling bins.

“When the site was inspected all sorts of items, such as food waste and nappies, had been wrongly included in the green bins.”

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1:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Stephen Brown says...

Proud of your recycling record? Mmmmmm. 33% is not a lot by the way. The uk average is nearer 45%. The uk average in 2007 was 34%. WFDC is quite a bit behind the times, again. More forward thinking required.

So, you're Looking at ways to increase recycling?

Here's one way.....disengage from the partnership with Worcestershire County Council's dinosaur thinking cabinet who believe incineration is the answer. Incineration will sadly reduce your recycling even further and from what I know WCC has not even factored the additional future EU tariffs for burning recyclables in its financial projections. Something we'll all pay more for thanks to its mad pfi contract. Burning plastics is no answer financially and decidedly unhealthy.

By going it solo on smaller local projects which properly recycle and re-use, it will up the recycling rates, provide jobs, and encourage proper schemes rather than just pay political lip service to being proud of our rather pathetic recycling rate. Pat yourself on the back WFDC if you want to but it's all rather unimpressive to me.
Proud of your recycling record? Mmmmmm. 33% is not a lot by the way. The uk average is nearer 45%. The uk average in 2007 was 34%. WFDC is quite a bit behind the times, again. More forward thinking required. So, you're Looking at ways to increase recycling? Here's one way.....disengage from the partnership with Worcestershire County Council's dinosaur thinking cabinet who believe incineration is the answer. Incineration will sadly reduce your recycling even further and from what I know WCC has not even factored the additional future EU tariffs for burning recyclables in its financial projections. Something we'll all pay more for thanks to its mad pfi contract. Burning plastics is no answer financially and decidedly unhealthy. By going it solo on smaller local projects which properly recycle and re-use, it will up the recycling rates, provide jobs, and encourage proper schemes rather than just pay political lip service to being proud of our rather pathetic recycling rate. Pat yourself on the back WFDC if you want to but it's all rather unimpressive to me. Stephen Brown
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