Long recycling centre queues into the road 'nearly cause accident'

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

Long queues to the Saffron Walden recycling centre spread along Thaxted Road, causing "chaos". 

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

Uttlesford District Councillor Arthur Coote said he was “raging” at repetitive daily congestion, which he said nearly caused an accident. 

He said: “The whole thing was blocking Thaxted Road.  

“There were queues both ways, it was absolute chaos.  

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

“There was nearly an accident as a car was trying to overtake the queue.” 


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Cllr Coote said the recycling centre’s management by Essex County Council was “poor”. 

Residents are not allowed to walk with their waste at the Thaxted Road Recycling Centre in Saffron Walden

Residents are not allowed to walk with their waste at the Thaxted Road Recycling Centre in Saffron Walden - Credit: Andra Maciuca

“ECC won’t let people walk in with their waste and recycling,” Cllr Coote said. 

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He added: “The restriction is nonsense and ECC has got it wrong. 

“If you are fit and able, why would you be forced into going by car? 

Residents are not allowed to walk with their waste at the Thaxted Road Recycling Centre in Saffron Walden

Residents are not allowed to walk with their waste at the Thaxted Road Recycling Centre in Saffron Walden - Credit: Andra Maciuca

“If I was on my walk to Aldi, I could just take my recycling and walk in. That is the green way of doing it and it’s good for exercise. 

“The people who can’t afford to get there by car, what are they supposed to do, take a taxi?” 

Residents are not allowed to walk with their waste at the Thaxted Road Recycling Centre in Saffron Walden

Residents are not allowed to walk with their waste at the Thaxted Road Recycling Centre in Saffron Walden - Credit: Andra Maciuca

Cllr Coote highlighted the pollution problems arising from residents having to queue with their car engines running.  

He said: “Most people leave their cars running. It’s nonsense to me that in UDC we say there’s a big environmental emergency and ECC undermines it.

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

“Cars shouldn’t have to queue because they are worried it might not be open."

Cllr Coote said he understood that ECC had an obligation to keep people safe during the pandemic, but he said then issue was people queueing for half an hour. 

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

An ECC spokesperson said they encouraged residents to use their kerbside collection, in support of the Government’s message to stay at home.

ECC limits the numbers in the recycling centre at any one time to ensure staff and residents’ safety. 

They added: “This leads to longer than normal queues outside the site.  

“We are working closely with Essex Police to manage traffic congestion if it occurs.

“Site users are permitted to walk waste into the site if they are travelling to the site by foot or bicycle.  This has been re-communicated to all our site staff.” 

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road

Long queues at the Saffron Walden Recycling Centre on Thaxted Road - Credit: Andra Maciuca


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