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Recycling banks at Tesco Quedgeley closed and patrolled by guards to avoid potential explosion

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

Recycling banks at Tesco Quedgeley closed and patrolled by guards to avoid potential explosion

Recycling banks at Tesco in Quedgeley are closed

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OVERFLOWING recycling banks at Tesco in Quedgeley have had to be closed, cordoned off and are being patrolled by security guards amid fears of a potential disaster.

The banks are right next to the supermarket’s petrol station and were overflowing to such an extent on Boxing Day that it looked more akin to “Helmand Province”, according to one user.

Now, people are being turned away and the banks might be shut for good to avoid the real possibility of what would be an enormous explosion and fire if a lit flame were to go anywhere near the piles of rubbish.

Tesco said the issue has been building up in recent weeks thanks to irresponsible people fly-tipping all sorts of inappropriate waste at the site.

Customers are being told that the banks will be shut for the foreseeable future and possibly removed after the Boxing Day pile-up.

One staff member said: “If a match had been dropped, the whole store could have been up in flames.”

One customer, who tried to take extra recycling built up over the festive break to the banks on Tuesday, said: “They are cordoned off, they’ve put cones all around them and a security man is making sure no-one goes near them, they’re not letting anyone in there.

“I personally have got a lot of stuff to recycle and I don’t really want to have to take it all to the tip, but I’m not sure what the alternative is.

“A lot of people will have the same problem, there will be all sorts of extra stuff that they want to get rid of properly.”

Twitter user Shane Uzzell posted a picture of the recycling banks - which are barely visible under a mountain of overflowing rubbish - on Boxing Day.

But Tesco said the issue has been building up for a while and simply came to a head on that afternoon.

A spokesman said: “We know how much local residents in Quedgeley value the recycling facilities we provide.

“However, in recent weeks we’ve had a problem with fly-tipping at the site.

“We took the precaution of closing the recycling facility, which is close to our petrol station, as the build-up of rubbish presented a fire risk.

“We’re working with our recycling contractors to resolve this issue as quickly as possible, and in the meantime would ask our customers to recycle elsewhere.”

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  • Dave_t10  |  January 01 2014, 1:12PM

    It points to a problem with Tesco I think, the Cheltenham store recycling area has now been closed for over a year! That over the Christmas period they have got extra recycling should hardy come as a surprise. Though to be honest some people do think that it's perfectly acceptable to dump their recycling in the vicinity, although they are sometimes already overflowing.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  January 01 2014, 9:53AM

    We really need to get a grip on recycling in this city. To have a site like this closed because of OVER USE is ridiculous in the extreme. We are chastised if we do, and bo*****ed if we don't! Why can't they be run as a partnership with the Council not US or THEM? Either way, anyone spending time and money, doing the responsible thing and taking stuff to Tesco, only to find it closed, is just wrong. We need a system where EVERYTHING is collected from our homes, and sorted on site. And to put limits on our waste is to put limits on our spending, so we don't get the country out of this damn awful recession. The answer is simple, get rid of the kerbsiders, and take it all to one depot, recycling and landfill/incinerator on one site.

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  • spindles12  |  December 31 2013, 10:39PM

    Flytipping? Really." Yes, really. I have taken cardboard and paper as well as tins and plastic bottles and have been disgusted at some of the things that have been dumped. Any young couple wanting to furnish their new home could have practically done so with all the stuff left there. I've seen TVs, a headboard, coffee table, flip-top bin and bedding as well as a broken pane of glass, dozens of cardboard egg trays, bags of clothes and broken toys. One day I was putting cardboard in the bin and heard some glass bottles rattling. I assumed the woman was sorting them out to take back home but she carefully placed them in a cardboard box and put it next to the bin! I know that sometimes people don't realise that there is no bin for glass, removed because of vandalism and they SHOULD take them away again. I helped one woman who had a small carrier bag of bottles as she had brought them on the bus before shopping in Tesco and I took them off her and put them in my recycling box at home. If I found the bins full I would take it home until another time I certainly wouldn't dump it there, even if other people had. Placing the bins in another part of the car park is a good idea but I don't suppose that will happen so this means a trip to the tip which can sometimes be very busy. There are multiple recycling bins at either Sainsburys or in the car park on the Hempsted bypass (Castlemeads Way), actually a better place because it is tucked away at the back of the car park which is better than being on the side of the road and you can recycle more things there. The probably permanent removal of the recycling facilities at Tescos is a direct result of lazy people who don't care enough about the environment to make the effort to dispose of things in the right place.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  December 31 2013, 6:54PM

    I remember going to Tesco to take recycling when it was the council and it was a terrible mess. The area was just like one big tip, people were not putting anything where they were supposed to be and were just dumping things on the floor including things that were not meant to be recycled, broken toys, table tops, and so on. It has been an improvement.

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  • dcfc79  |  December 31 2013, 3:01PM

    Moving the banks is a sensible option but what Tesco should have done is got more of the banks in to accomodate the extra cardboard recycled from the 25th.

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  • JemmyWood  |  December 31 2013, 2:36PM

    Lets not forget, Tesco decided to do it themselves a year or two ago instead of letting the Council do it (profit reasons perhaps) but it has been fairly full since then and was over flowing before Christmas and not emptied. Obviously a bit of a shock that over Christmas people have excess cardboard, paper etc they want rid of. Flytipping? Really.... Or was it just overflowing with cardboard, clothes etc. Try getting them emptied more often in future and you won't have the problem.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  December 31 2013, 2:16PM

    Councils are not doing enough when it comes to recycling. I can fully understand Tesco, if there was to be a fire, people would then blame Tesco for not closing it. There are plenty of things that could be recycled that are not collected by councils. Aerosols, clothing, shoes and socks, thick cardboard. For people who don't drive it is an impossibility to get to the recycling centre/tip and are forced to fill their bins with things they would rather themselves be recycled.

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  • Apothegm_  |  December 31 2013, 2:11PM

    Once sorted out, surely the recycling bins could go at the opposite end of the car park, near the up-ramp off the small roundabout opposite Carters Orchard? Possibly with a couple of CCTV cameras pointed at them?

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