Useless recycling unit a total waste of space’
PUBLISHED: 17:26 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010
AN ANGRY resident has slammed a council for only collecting his recycling once every two months. Communications consultant Jonathan Kent, 42, from Crystal Palace is at his wits end after phoning Bromley council about the problem every few weeks since Ju
AN ANGRY resident has slammed a council for only collecting his recycling once every two months.
Communications consultant Jonathan Kent, 42, from Crystal Palace is at his wits end after phoning Bromley council about the problem every few weeks since July.
Keen environmentalist Mr Kent claims his overflowing recycling is attracting rats to his property in Crystal Palace Park Road and wants heads to roll at the council's waste management department.
He said: "It is pathetic. If a plumber failed to do a job, you would just sack them. The contractors are paid to do this.
"It is a health hazard and is attracting rats. I have been fighting a battle trying to get them to sort out the problem.
"These contractors seem to find navigating Bromley more difficult than navigating the Congo. I have honestly been in developing countries where these things are done better.
"I have phoned up Bromley council every two to four weeks since July and have been promised calls back but still nothing. I even had a personal visit from the waste management manager who was very apologetic but the situation is still the same.
"I am a keen environmentalist and David Cameron says he is as well but that isn't evident in Conservative Bromley council. They are making him look pretty stupid. We need to see action on the ground. The council needs to get their act together. The contractors should be sacked because if they can't get something as simple as a recycling collection right they should move over and let someone else do the job."
Liberal Democrat Crystal Palace councillor Tom Papworth said: "It is a sad fact that with Bromley council the two issues that fill my mailbox more than any others are rubbish collections and street cleanliness.
"Residents of Crystal Palace often complain that they receive poor quality services from Bromley borough."
A Bromley council spokesperson said: "We have had a couple of problems with our collections at these flats as we have recently expanded our recycling collection services.
"A waste advisor has visited the property to assess the situation. The problem has now been resolved and we thank the resident for their patience.