A tour of the depot

I was invited by council director Jo Brooks to tour the depot used by (among others) the staff of East Cambs Street Scene, the new council in-house company responsible for bin collections and street cleaning.

I arrived at 1:00PM as arranged, to be followed by Jo in the front of a refuse vehicle, where she had been out since 6:00AM with the crew who empty all the dog waste bins – not the most pleasant job on one of the warmest days so far this year.

The depot building itself, between Chettisham and Littleport, looks seriously neglected inside, not a place that gives staff the message that they are valued. Now that the council has taken back the building from former contractor Veolia, work has started to make it more suitable and welcoming, including a coffee machine, working showers, and somewhere for wet clothes to be hung to dry – the bin teams go out in all weathers, not just sunny days like today.

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