Croydon Council waste team has been accused of tipping residents segregated recyclables into a single wheelie bin when collecting their waste.
Reported in the Daily Mail on 26 September, resident Darren Bagshaw claimed the binmen have been carrying out the routine for the past three months.
Mr Bagshaw told the paper: Regardless of their excuses we are still forced to make sure that we separate our rubbish. It takes a lot of time and it makes me really mad to think that its pointless. Why on earth should we bother to do it when they just lump it all together again?
Furthermore, the truck collecting the residentss recycling had a sign across it saying: My next stop is landfill! Think before you throw.
Veolia Environmental Services is contracted to undertake Croydons waste and recycling collections.
In response to the findings, Croydon Council explained that the recycling is mixed together where small collection vehicles are used. These trucks collect from a small percentage of homes where bigger vehicles have trouble manoeuvring through narrow roads and tight turns.
It said: We can categorically confirm that everything collected for recycling in Croydon is properly recycled. This is audited and confirmed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
We collect recycling from peoples homes every fortnight, and the rest of the waste is picked up weekly. This is not intended to change. The confusing signage on these vehicles has now been removed. We still ask all people to sort their recycling because this makes it easier to avoid contamination by other rubbish, and we hope that people will continue to work with us as we improve recycling rates, which we have doubled in the last three years.