‘Patchy’ waste and recycling collections may go on for more than a year

Collections of household waste, recycling and garden waste is “patchy” across the whole of Wealden – and that’s official.

There are fears that the current standard will continue for more than a year, until the district council’s current arrangements come to an end next summer.

Residents have regularly reported missed collections across Uckfield.

In April, the then Uckfield Town Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, criticised the collection service when speaking at a meeting of the full council.


She said, during a debate over East Sussex County Council’s plans to cut back spending on household waste recycling, that those proposals came at a bad time for townspeople.

“Most of you will be aware that the waste service, or roadside collection [provided by Wealden District Council] is hit-and-miss,” Cllr Eastwood said.

“They tend to go down a street, collect some, miss some, collect some and so it goes on.

“The following week they will collect what they missed the previous week but then the problem is that one week is recycling, the next is household waste.”


Wealden District Council, which is responsible for rubbish and recycling collections, contracted the work to Kier from 2013.

The contract was due to end in 2023 but it was announced in March 2017 that Wealden, and its partners in the East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership, had agreed a “mutual exit” with Kier from June 28, 2019.

Now the Wealden district councillor who has responsibility for waste management, Cllr Roy Galley, has admitted current problems may continue.

In a report, he has told fellow councillors: “Kier’s performance is patchy, and I fear we will have continuing problems until the end of the contract in July 2019.”

Roadside litter

Earlier this year local people expressed anger at the amount of litter alongside the main roads around Uckfield, especially the A22 by-pass.

Similar complaints were made across the district.

Wealden has worked with Kier, which is also responsible for carrying out this service, to prioritise certain areas and Cllr Galley, in his same report, says progress has been made on litter collection.

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