Letter of the week: Queues at South Shields waste tip may only encourage fly-tipping

Our letter writer was not impressed by his recent visit to Middlefields waste tip.
Our letter writer was not impressed by his recent visit to Middlefields waste tip.

I am lucky enough to own a car.

About three days after my grey bin has been emptied there is no more room for another black bag.

Four days later with a week to go till the next grey bin collection, I usually have four or five full black bin liners surrounding the bin.

Like many other people, I decide to take the overfill to Middlefield’s Recycling Village.

I already anticipate a tail back of others taking refuse to the ‘tip’.

However, on the last three occasions the line of traffic has stretched back as far as Dickson’s and it has taken up to an hour to get rid of my rubbish.

A number of questions and issues spring to mind: When it was designed why were the drop-off points not allocated diagonally (this would have presented more spaces, made it easier to park and to see when a space becomes available)?

How many people are feeling the need to remove their own waste?

Is there a correlation between the size of these queues and the recent charge for garden waste removal?

If I did not have a car what would I do with the extra black bags?

We hear and read much about the crime of fly-tipping but while you sit interminably in a slowly crawling traffic line it does make you think.

Harry Lynch