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Resident's recycling dismay

AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-aware Knowle resident has blasted Solihull Council's recycling policy after he claims he was left in the dark over his collections.

AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-aware Knowle resident has blasted Solihull Council's recycling policy after he claims he was left in the dark over his collections.

Marcus Evans, a 50-year-old technician from Kixley Lane, hit out at the local authority after he put out his green plastic paper recycling bin for collection from the kerbside on November 12 only to have it returned full and to discover that it was the day for glass recycling instead.

Mr Evans, a passionate recycler, added he has not been issued with the correct black box for glass recycling and had not even been informed by the council that his road would be included in glass recycling.

He claims Solihull Council's recy-cling policy is patchy and lags behind others across the country and the world.

He said: "I feel very privileged to live in Solihull, it is a wonderful place. But there are some big flaws in Solihull Council's recycling policy.

"They don't recycle plastics in this road and so I have to get in my car and take it to a recycling bank.

"Solihull should have a quality and an efficient doorstep recycling service. I have a relative who lives in Switzerland and over there all the rubbish is divided up and recycled efficiently."

Solihull Council issued Mr Evans with a black plastic box on November 13.Bruce Brant, Principal Officer, Street Care, Solihull Council, said: "We received a call from Mr Evans on November 12 to say he had not received his new black recycling box and we sent him one the next day along with a calendar for collections.

"We have issued 78,000 black boxes and collection calendars to homes throughout Solihull as part of the new glass recycling collection service that started at the end of September. We also conducted a large publicity campaign to inform residents about this new service.

"This has been through the local media, our own residents' magazine, on our website, local road shows and posters.

"We plan to begin kerbside plastic collections next September. In the meantime, residents can continue to take their plastic waste to recycling centres around the borough."

 

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