GMB asks for Essex County Council to reverse van & truck ban

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Move to ban vans and trucks from 11 recycling sites in a bid to reduce the abuse of recycling staff

The union for recycling and refuse workers (GMB), has asked that Essex County Council reverse the decision to ban trucks and vans from 11 recycling sites, in a bid to reduce the abuse of recycling staff.

From October 31, the council have announced that around half of recycling sites across the country will also not allow vans and multi-axle trailers to enter the sites and will not provide disposal facilities for construction waste and DIY waste.

Calls have been made on Essex council to reverse van ban

St Osyth Recycling Centre in Essex

Dave Powell, GMB regional organiser, said in a letter to councillors, that the extra difficulty of recycling, fly tipping problems increasing and busier sites which allow larger vehicles to enter, could lead to more complaints from the public.

Mr Powell added: “The county council are rightly concerned regarding trade waste being taken into recycling centres. Although we understand the problem the county council are trying to resolve, we do not believe that this is the answer.”

Mr Powell also said, that GMB thinks the best solution would be to develop four sites throughout the county which will be fully licensed to take trade waste but at a cost to the trader, a move that has been applied in other counties.

People offering cheap waste clearance services with the use of their ‘white van’, home improvement and building companies and property developers, have flooded the recycling sites.

Local recycling centres have noticed a 50% increase in the amount of DIY and construction waste over the past two years.

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