Gedling Borough Council are set to carry out a review of privately operated recycling points across the borough after finding bins haven’t been emptied regularly.
The review of six large privately operated waste and donation points has been ordered after it was found that one of the bin owners have gone bust and hadn’t notified the council that they were no longer emptying the bins.
Aylesford Newsprint, who asked for donations of newspaper, paper and magazines, had gone into liquidation without notifying the council that they would no longer empty the containers leaving the bins inaccessible and overflowing creating an eye sore in the areas.
The large bin sites in Carlton, Netherfield, Mapperley and Colwick have been in place for a number of years and were installed before kerbside collections and charity door to door donations collections were introduced.
In recent years, the sites have become spots for the dumping of waste and fly tipping. The audit, due to be carried out later this month, will aim to find out how often the bins are used and what alternatives are in place for residents if they are removed.
Gedling Borough Council provides a kerbside collection for electrical items, large waste and there are a number of council endorsed initiatives such as Sharewear and Trent Vineyard who take clothes donations.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “These sites haven’t been looked at for a very long time and have become an eyesore. It’s important we offer recycling facilities and opportunities for people to help others through donations however, these centres are no longer the best way to do it.
“We need to do something about the state they have been left in, they look dirty, out of date and are a potentially dangerous fire hazard.”