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Broken lorry 'caused pile up of bags'

Malvern Editorial 22nd Jan, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HEALTH and safety fears concerning the district council’s waste depot have been raised after the yard became filled with black and pink refuse bags.

A source near to the Pendragon Close site described the scene as chaos on Thursday (January 16) and said normally the sacks were transferred straight from cages.

But, due to broken down lorries, the council was struggling to handle the waste, the person claimed.

“It is a massive health and safety problem.

“The waste black bags are not designed to be moved that much in case they split.

“It’s not fair on our bin collectors to make them do this.”

A spokesman for the council confirmed a small amount of recycling and residual waste was collected in a different vehicle from people’s homes and left it in the depot overnight after another refuse freighter broke down.

He said: “This meant our customers were not inconvenienced in any way.

“The bags were transferred the following day as soon as a freighter was available.

“There were no health or safety issues involved whatsoever.”

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