I WRITE to express my disappointment and disgust at the totally inadequate management of the recycling facilities adjacent to Notcutts garden centre in Monkspath.
Like so many Solihull residents, I am keen to 'do my bit' for the environment and have repeatedly turned up at this recycling centre with a boot full of plastic bottles, cardboard, aluminium cans and glass bottles, only to be confronted with containers that are so full that the contents are spilling out onto the floor.
On my last visit, the plastic container was once again crammed full and many people had been forced to leave black sacks and carrier bags full of plastic bottles piled up behind it.
This situation is totally unacceptable.
The council's failure to manage this facility is not only causing a health hazard, it is also putting many people off bothering to use it at all!
On my last visit I spoke to several disgruntled people who, like me, are finding the temptation to just go back to throwing all their rubbish into black sacks and letting the bin men take it away very difficult to resist.
And in these days of ever rising fuel costs, nobody is going to want to keep driving their recyclable waste backwards and forwards to these facilities on the off chance that they may be able to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. All three of Solihull's local newspapers this week feature letters of complaint about the recycling facilities in the borough - the latest outrage being the removal of the recycling area in Hobs Moat.
One of the letters states that the council is failing Solihull residents badly - how true!
Collections from these facilities should be at least twice weekly (especially on a Friday).
However, to resolve the problem appropriately the council must make kerbside collection of all recyclables their number one priority.
If they don't, more and more of us will lose our enthusiasm and happily allow the dustman to relieve us of what has sadly become the burden of recycling.
Mrs J Saunders, frustrated Knowle resident