NEW recycling bins have been branded a ‘waste of money’ by residents, as discarded litter is being dumped in the street right next to them.
The facilities have been placed in Cornwallis Gardens and in Carisbrooke Road, St Leonards by Hastings Borough Council.
But people are continuing to fly tip and leave rubbish, attracting vermin and seagulls, angry residents say.
Last month Steven Ward, of Cornwallis Gardens, branded the bins in his street as ‘monstrosities’ when they were being installed.
He said: “The gardens are going to become a dumping ground and this is only the early days.
“I knew this was going to happen and my question is why the council did not put the bins in the major recycling facility near the sorting office, as it’s only 500 yards from these new bins.
“To put three sets of these bins in Cornwallis Gardens is extraordinary. Has this town really got that much money to waste? They have spoilt the entire appearance of what were natural gardens that have been there for decades. The bins are completely unnecessary.”
A Carisbrooke Road resident, who did not want to be named, said people drove to his street dumping rubbish by the bins before driving off, attracting rats, foxes and seagulls.
Cllr Jay Kramer, the council’s lead member for environment and safety, said: “The community recycling points were installed in Cornwallis Gardens last week as part of a trial in an area that receives weekly waste and recycling collections.
“Early discussions with local householders indicate that they are very pleased with them. The ‘little and often’ approach to recycling seems to be working very well as the containers are virtually full up with good quality recycling already in under a week.
“We will continue to analyse the successes or challenges of the scheme in this area and use this information to inform our approach for the new waste contract with Kier, which starts in July.
“We are sure that these facilities can and will work for the local community and will continue to encourage regular, proper use. In early July mobile covert CCTV will be installed to deter dumping and gather evidence of anyone who still chooses to fly tip.”