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Troubled textiles company leaves banks overflowing

By John McKenna

A recycling firm that ceased trading and applied for voluntary liquidation has been criticised for leaving eight waste authorities with overflowing textile recycling banks.

Runnymede Borough Council was disappointed by the way company Sam Greenberg, which provided bring banks for councils across Surrey, pulled out of collections.

Runnymede head of environmental protection Dennis Speight said: Sam Greenberg could have been more helpful. They waited until our bins were full to let us know they were no longer trading and couldnt make collections.

Our textile recycling banks are overflowing and we have had complaints from those visiting our bring site.

Black Country Recycling (BCR) has been called in by a number of the affected councils to help clear the backlog of deposited textiles.

BCR managing director Maxine Sault said: There was an initial request for help by one authority last Tuesday and we are now helping Runnymede, Mole Valley District Council, Waverley, Surrey Heath and Surrey Waste Management. We have reacted quickly to the problem and have started to get our own banks onsite.

The addition of new banks was especially important for Runnymede, according to Speight. BCR have been a great help and got their banks onsite. However, Greenberg persuaded us to use roll-on, roll-off containers and we cant move them as theyre non-standard size, he said.

We havent yet been able to find a company that has the right trucks to take them offsite to be emptied. If anyone can help, please get in touch.

Surrey Heaths environmental project manager Derek Gutteridge said that it was likely the borough would continue with BCR on a permanent basis. He also commented on Greenberg: It is very sad to see them go. They provided us with a good service for many years.

The Kelmanson Partnership was appointed administrator. Insolvency manager Karen Jones confirmed that a meeting to discuss Sam Greenbergs proposed liquidation would take place today.

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