Getting rid of rubbish

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Veolia Environmental Services attempts to explain that to sort out the problem of recycling collections, lorries must make more rounds increasing costs. Hold that thought while I tell you a story concerning the collection of garden rubbish.

A few days after ringing the appropriate department, a lorry arrived and two men emptied my six bags of garden waste into the back of their lorry. I pointed out that my neighbour had five bags about three yards from mine and he also had asked for them to be collected.

“Not on our list for collection today!”

The men went on their way leaving my neighbour’s bags and drove past three more, about 25 yards away and a further two across the road.

A few days later, a lorry came and took my neighbour’s bags, leaving the three and two bags on the pavement. A few days later, I noticed that the three bags had been taken, but not the other two.

Does this mean it’s taken four journeys to collect fewer than 20 bags?

What a waste of resources. At what cost and how damaging to the environment?

Can no-one in the green bag department exercise common sense and cut the waste? In our case it would have been a 75 per cent saving!

Perhaps the men could be given the authority to remove all garden rubbish they pass, provided it’s in their green bags. Since my collection, I seem unable to obtain their green bags so have purchased some of my own which would not be collected because they’re not the right ones.

I was reduced to making two trips to the tip to dispose of more bags than it took the four lorries to remove.

On the whole, I have little complaint about the collection of my rubbish, but I understand that some people have problems.

So, all you who moan about blue boxes and blue bins, try getting rid of garden rubbish, even in the correct green bags... if you can get some.!

RG, Sheffield

On Thursday morning I watched as a Veolia truck pulled up at the end of the drive. The driver walked past four green bags outside my house to load my neighbour’s four bags. He then drove off.

Rather amusingly the slogan on the side of the truck reads ‘Working together to make a better environment’. I ask myself how is this?

Surely it makes much more economic sense to collect all the bags along the road in one journey rather than visiting houses in different areas one at a time? Would this not reduce the mileage of the truck and the amount of carbon dioxide it pumps into the atmosphere?

Bob Hull, S10