New recycling bins are branded ‘monstrosities’

Steve Ward opposes recycling bins (four in total) being built around Cornwallis Gardens
Steve Ward opposes recycling bins (four in total) being built around Cornwallis Gardens

AN ANGRY resident has blasted council bosses for building recycling facilities in his neighbourhood.

Hastings Borough Council is currently setting up three separate bunkers that contain bins for various household waste at different points in Cornwallis Gardens.

But Steven Ward, who lives in Cornwallis Gardens, says the bins are ‘monstrosities’ and is furious as he says part of the gardens, a conservation area, have been destroyed.

He said: “The bins will just become dumping grounds here, inviting people to dump their rubbish in the gardens. There is already a major recycling facility within 500 yards of these three sites. These bins could cause a hazard as glass will be on the pavements, as well as other rubbish.”

Mr Ward says he has spoken to at least a dozen other neighbours, who share his concerns, and has sent a formal complaint to the council.

He also believed there had been no consultation with residents about the new facilities.

A council spokeswoman said: “Hastings Borough Council decided in early spring 2013 to carry out a series of trials aimed at addressing domestic waste storage/collection and to improve participation in recycling.

“The Cornwallis Gardens area has suffered from spilt refuse over the years and many households there have problems storing their waste. Recycling rates are relatively low in this area, likely to be due to storage prior to collection.

“Before starting the campaign we contacted local community groups offering to discuss the campaign, but there was little interest. At the start of the campaign we called on every household and talked to residents and issued leaflets.

“Essentially we are trying new ideas designed to tidy/smarten the streets and also to help people to recycle more. Included are the issue of Seagull Proof sacks that hold up to three black bags, these preventing escape of waste caused by seagulls; we have also trialled green sacks for recycling, replacing the pink sack and again making it easier for residents to store and present their recycled materials.

“Three bulk housings are being placed around the central open space, these are for dry recyclables and a further one is for glass only. These have been designed especially for the area with special apertures for ‘posting’ the materials.

“It is important to point out this is a trial which might help us planning future collections in other parts of the town. Equally if it does not work we can adapt to whatever suits the area.”