This recycling is no good’

2015-05-05 06:00

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esidents and business owners in Plumstead are up in arms over the noise at and heavy trucks visiting a recycling depot.

They are now calling on the local authorities to take action.

People’s Post previously reported that a recycling initiative is giving work to homeless people in the area (“Hope for Plumstead’s homeless”, 24 March).

The organisation, Greentrolley, aims to empower people by giving them employment and educating them in the process.

The recycling depot is situated on the corners of Main and Fairdale roads.

Here homeless people are encouraged to bring in items that can be recycled.

Such items include plastic, cans, cardboard, white paper, glass bottles and jars as well as magazines, telephone books, newspaper and foam packaging.

The initiative was launched in January and already has over 91 people registered on its database.

However, a resident, who asks to remain anonymous while speaking on behalf of the concerned residents and business owners, says the noise nuisance from trucks and smashing bottles has become a concern.

Heavy trucks and skips that park in the road have also become a big problem.

“The owner’s attitude also isn’t helping as he has been very rude towards my neighbours.

“Instead of taking our concerns as constructive criticism and trying to seek a solution, he has resorted to lying and verbal abuse towards some of my neighbours,” the man says.

He further says that “the two neighbours who live back to back with the centre are complaining about a foul stench coming into their homes, which comes from the main waste bin and skip that stand against the wall every day”.

“For me personally the worst part about this recycling centre is the devious manner in which the owner has gone about ‘publicising’ the centre and making it sound as if he is doing a great service towards the community and claims that he is uplifting the poor and homeless by creating employment,” he says.

The resident says he is “all for uplifting the poor and the homeless. I have worked with the local vagrants (a few of them know me very well) but I can tell that this centre is not uplifting anyone except the owner himself in terms of profit”.

“The owner is certainly not running a non-profit organisation – it is a business geared toward making a profit,” he says.

The resident says “there are poor and homeless people who want and need help and then there are vagrants who collect scrap and sell it to recycling centres to earn money for their daily dose of wine”.

“The vagrants who buy liquor and get drunk, they make a racket, urinate and defecate on the pavements and in the bushes and leave their litter lying around,” he says.

“Then the next day the cycle starts all over again,” he adds.

And he does not see how this is uplifting the homeless.

When People’s Post approached project coordinator Heinz Smekal for comment on the issues raised by the residents he said he was advised under legal guidance not to respond at this stage

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