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Too few staff who weren't fully trained to use new vehicles and larger collection rounds appear to be partly to blame for Ealing's rubbish debacle.

More than 1,000 angry residents have inundated Ealing Council with phone, email and twitter messages following the failure to collect their recycling waste.

Now, nearly two weeks after Enterprise took over from May Gurney, a number of streets are still awaiting collection of recycling.

Hanwell is one of several areas across the borough that appears to have fared the worst following the 'teething' problems with Ealing Council's new waste and recycling company.

Meanwhile residents say that bags from Gunnersbury Avenue were torn and the road left strewn with litter (11/04).

Local Hanwell Councillor, Colm Costello, reported that Shakespeare Road's green waste was still in evidence yesterday (11th April).

Read his blog here - read Councillor Gary Malcom's assessment of the situation in the Southfield ward here.

There has been much criticism and the Council Leader and Cabinet member for Environment have apologised for the poor service and promised a full review of what has gone wrong.

Meanwhile Lib Dem group leader, Councillor Gary Malcolm, met Ealing's Chief Executive, Martin Smith seeking answers.

He says the problems appear to have been due to too few staff who were not fully trained with the new collection vehicles and the rounds being larger than before.

He is calling for a full review and has set up an online petition here.

This latest rubbish controversy comes just after the Council introduced a subscription service for garden waste collection, which angered many locals.

Residents are now being charged £40 a year to have garden waste collected - but many people still haven't received their new bags. 

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12 April 2012