Pile of waste dumped on road as waste lorry malfunctions

The waste spilled onto Vernon Way in Braintree this morning. Pic taken by Pete Clark

The waste spilled onto Vernon Way in Braintree this morning. Pic taken by Pete Clark

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A pile of rotting food was dumped on a road after a council waste lorry malfunctioned.

During collections this morning, the Braintree Council lorry spilled its load onto Vernon Way in Braintree.

Pete Clark, 48, who lives on the road, was shocked to see the huge pile of rubbish outside his front door at about 10am.

He said: “The pin at the back door of the wagon just fell and it burst open.

“It’s quite a lot of rubbish, it’s probably the best part of a wagon full.

“It’s not a very nice thing to see first thing on a morning, I am just glad I have eaten my breakfast.

“Luckily the wind is blowing in the other direction.

“You can just about squeeze round it.”

Mr Clark, who runs the Central line on the London Underground, said seven council trucks turned up to clean and disinfect the road an hour later.

A Braintree Council spokesman said: “A mechanical fault on one of our food waste vehicles caused it to tip its contents on Vernon Way.

“The spillage was immediately cleaned, has been swept with a mechanical sweeper and the area has been disinfected.

“An investigation will now take place to find the cause of the fault.”

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7:21pm Tue 20 May 14

pierre-pierre says...

do the editors do any checks?

"Mr Clark, who runs the Central line on the London, estimated that more than two tonnes of rubbish had spilled onto the road. "

thought Transport For London did that job?!!!!
do the editors do any checks? "Mr Clark, who runs the Central line on the London, estimated that more than two tonnes of rubbish had spilled onto the road. " thought Transport For London did that job?!!!! pierre-pierre
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8:27am Wed 21 May 14

prince7charles says...

This is the future for Witham if the Conservative run Braintree District council get their way.As they want to close the local tip and recycling centre which means witham will become the tip. People will also not bother to recycle as a way of protest. Next they wont be turning the street and road lights on at night. Oh i forgot......THEY ALREADY ARE!!!!!!!!!!
This is the future for Witham if the Conservative run Braintree District council get their way.As they want to close the local tip and recycling centre which means witham will become the tip. People will also not bother to recycle as a way of protest. Next they wont be turning the street and road lights on at night. Oh i forgot......THEY ALREADY ARE!!!!!!!!!! prince7charles
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