Concern at almost 100 accidents in one year at Woodford Green recycling centre
PUBLISHED: 11:30 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 19 September 2017
A councillor has spoken up about safety concerns at a rubbish tip, after a Redbridge Council employee allegedly dumped asbesdos and a hot exhast pipe almost caused a fire.
Councillor Gwyneth Deakins (Lib Dem, Roding) says 96 accidents have been recorded at Chigwell Road Recycling Centre, Woodford Green, in the last year.
Some of the incidents included “numerous examples of near misses between people and vehicles”.
Speaking at last week’s council meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, Councillor Deakins asked what action the council would take to ensure better health and safety for the public and those who work there.
Counil leader Councillor Jas Athwal said that the recycling centre was the responsibility of the East London Waste Authority, not the local authority, and that they would “encourage” Renewi, who run the site, to look at their accident reporting systems.
After the meeting, Councillor Deakins said: “Redbridge are part of East London Waste Authority, so the council has direct responsibility for the site.
“If there was a serious accident, the council would not be able to wriggle off the hook in this way.
“The number of incidents shows that the site is dangerous and it has got worse since more people go there to dump their garden waste.”
“Does there have to be a really bad accident before the council does something?
“We’re left with no choice but to continue to fight on this issue.”
A council spokeswoman explained that Renewi “have the principal responsibility as the employer for their workers health and safety and the public on the site”.
“The council has a responsibility to ensure Renewi are managing the site satisfactorily and we are encouraging improvements to site management and reporting procedures,” she added.
A spokesman for Renewi said the site provides a vital recycling service to East London and safety of visitors and employees is “our number one priority.”
“We continuously take measures to improve our visitors’ experience, and thanks to the hard work and safety culture of our staff, the site has an excellent safety record.
“If any member of the public has any concerns, we would encourage them to contact us directly.
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