Refuse Collector Filmed Dumping Food Waste

Screenshot of footage given to the BBC

Screenshot of footage given to the BBC

A Whitstable refuse collector has been filmed dumping food waste meant for recycling into residual waste destined for landfill.

The footage has been published by the BBC after CCTV cameras outside the home of resident, Jonathan Gwyer, caught the man in the act on Monday (26 September).

In the footage, featured on the BBC news website HERE, the man can be seen picking up the food waste bin and dumping the contents into the residual waste container next to it.

“It puts people off making the effort. You just think: what’s the point? Life would be easier if we just put everything in one bin.”

Gwyer told the BBC: “It puts people off making the effort. You just think: what’s the point? Life would be easier if we just put everything in one bin.”

Waste company Serco operates the waste collection in the area and told the BBC in a statement: “This behaviour by one of our agency workers is completely unacceptable and I would like to apologise and reassure residents that we are taking the matter very seriously.

“We have already taken disciplinary action against the individual and I will be speaking to our crews to remind them of their responsibilities.”

The footage comes only a week after Serco was accused of repeatedly dumping hazardous waste water into public drains in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Canterbury City Council said the video clip was “bitterly disappointing” and apologised to residents for the “poor behaviour”.

For the BBC story and video footage click here


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  1. He works for an Agency, that is contracted to the company who has a contract with the Council. What loyalty has he to council tax-payers? He’s probably paid minimum wage, has no pension or holiday entitlements and (presumably) was subsequently sacked by the Agency to placate Serco. He’ll have little knowledge of (or care) why we’re pre-separating our recyclate. Why is anybody surprised? But Council ‘cuts’ have to be addressed and this is one of the consequences.

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