Shameful overflow of Christmas recycling ’likely to be rejected’

A post-Christmas rush by Hailsham residents resulted in a large number of bags probably being refused for recycling and sent to landfill, according to Wealden Council.

Readers posted photographs on Hailsham News and Talk of a massive overflow at the recycling plant at Tesco in North Street early on Boxing Day, despite many other nearby recycling points remaining empty.

The Tesco site was cleared in preparation just before Christmas, but over the two day Christmas and Boxing Day bank holidays, Kier were not operating to empty the site.

A spokesperson from Wealden Council told Hailsham News and Talk; “There appeared to be a large number of black bags left at the site which is a cause for concern. Whether they contained recycling material or not, the black bags cannot be recycled and both the bag and contents are likely to be rejected for recycling.”

They added; “Christmas, we have made clear, is a busy time for recycling. If it is clean waste (not containing any food waste), people should be able to store some recycling at home for a few days, ensuring the seasonal surplus can be easily cleared on a regular basis as part of our fortnightly kerbside recycling collections.”

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