Council says food left in tins at recycling site is source of St Helens fly problem

St Helens Star: Jennifer Smith clocked-up 105 flies per hour Jennifer Smith clocked-up 105 flies per hour

A MOUNTAIN of tin cans, many containing rotting food remains, at a recycling centre has been identified as the source of swarming flies that have made life a misery for a community’s residents.

Furious Jennifer Smith, from Walter Grove, Sutton contacted the Star after a night’s sleep under a mosquito net trying to escape the hordes of flies that have invaded homes.

After 10 days of suffering an angry 33 year-old Jennifer said: “I have spent a fortune on fly sprays, fly bombs, strips, sticky rolls and other fly killers but still my house is full of flies.

“Why on earth has an operation that recycles tinned cans still with rotten food in them been allowed to operate a stone’s throw from a housing estate?

“I have 20 fly strips and need to keep continually changing them because they fill up fast. I have to use a vacuum cleaner every hour to remove hundreds of dead flies from my floors. The strips were catching 105 flies an hour!

“I’m stressed out, I feel itchy and very angry.”

St Helens Star: ITCHY AND ANGRY: Jennifer Smith with some of the dead flies that were caught at her home

  • ITCHY AND ANGRY: Jennifer Smith with some of the dead flies that were caught at her home

After being inundated with phone calls a St Helens Council spokesman said: “Following complaints from local residents about significantly increased numbers of flies in the area, we helped the Environment Agency to identify the EMR recycling site in Reginald Road as the source of the problem.

“A stockpile of around 200 tonnes of tin cans, many containing food residue, was identified as the cause. The Environment Agency, which regulates the site, has now ensured that these tins have been removed.

“The number of flies should decrease dramatically over the next few days, but until then we would urge residents to ensure they take basic hygiene precautions – including washing hands and ensuring all food waste is bagged or sealed.”

The Environment Agency has a hotline for anyone whose home is affected and said it was aware of the fly infestation at the EMR site A spokesman said: “Our officers have been on site and have advised that the company undertake a pest control management plan.

“We understand this has been unpleasant for nearby residents and we urge anyone still affected by the flies to report this to our 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

The Star contacted EMR Recycling headquarters at Warrington and asked them to comment on the situation but had not received a reply by the time we went to press.

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11:22am Thu 5 Jun 14

suttonboy says...

This incident was disgraceful. The story above was typical of hundreds of households across Sutton affected. Why were these cowboys allowed to set up in the first place and what is being done to prevent another plague in the future. Respond please St Helens council.
This incident was disgraceful. The story above was typical of hundreds of households across Sutton affected. Why were these cowboys allowed to set up in the first place and what is being done to prevent another plague in the future. Respond please St Helens council. suttonboy
  • Score: 12

2:00pm Thu 5 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

Resounding success eh Seve?
Resounding success eh Seve? barrie timpson
  • Score: 5

2:13pm Thu 5 Jun 14

kjd161 says...

suttonboy wrote:
This incident was disgraceful. The story above was typical of hundreds of households across Sutton affected. Why were these cowboys allowed to set up in the first place and what is being done to prevent another plague in the future. Respond please St Helens council.
Don't hold your breath there suttonboy. You'll asphixiate waiting for a response of this lot.
[quote][p][bold]suttonboy[/bold] wrote: This incident was disgraceful. The story above was typical of hundreds of households across Sutton affected. Why were these cowboys allowed to set up in the first place and what is being done to prevent another plague in the future. Respond please St Helens council.[/p][/quote]Don't hold your breath there suttonboy. You'll asphixiate waiting for a response of this lot. kjd161
  • Score: 9

3:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

windows says...

This has more to do with the lazy people who fail to wash cans and bottles before putting them out for recycling. Have some thought for the workers who have to handle this waste.
This has more to do with the lazy people who fail to wash cans and bottles before putting them out for recycling. Have some thought for the workers who have to handle this waste. windows
  • Score: -10

4:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Mick Rooney says...

Why are sites like these allowed to be in residential areas? Apart from general pollution, they also exacerbate traffic pollution. On the specific issue of flies, are residents to be compensated for expenses incurred in trying to combat the problem or for their exposure to the health hazard? Local councillors should be raising hell at appropriate committee meetings!
Why are sites like these allowed to be in residential areas? Apart from general pollution, they also exacerbate traffic pollution. On the specific issue of flies, are residents to be compensated for expenses incurred in trying to combat the problem or for their exposure to the health hazard? Local councillors should be raising hell at appropriate committee meetings! Mick Rooney
  • Score: 9

5:18pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sankey says...

windows wrote:
This has more to do with the lazy people who fail to wash cans and bottles before putting them out for recycling. Have some thought for the workers who have to handle this waste.
I have never washed an empty tin can in my life what are you talking about ?

If the council wants us to wash empty cans of soup and baked beans then it should have advised us to do so
[quote][p][bold]windows[/bold] wrote: This has more to do with the lazy people who fail to wash cans and bottles before putting them out for recycling. Have some thought for the workers who have to handle this waste.[/p][/quote]I have never washed an empty tin can in my life what are you talking about ? If the council wants us to wash empty cans of soup and baked beans then it should have advised us to do so Sankey
  • Score: -9

5:20pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sankey says...

windows wrote:
This has more to do with the lazy people who fail to wash cans and bottles before putting them out for recycling. Have some thought for the workers who have to handle this waste.
I have never washed an empty tin can in my life what are you saying ?

We should wash empty cans of soup and baked beans before putting them in the bin ? Is this council policy if it is then the council need to educate people
[quote][p][bold]windows[/bold] wrote: This has more to do with the lazy people who fail to wash cans and bottles before putting them out for recycling. Have some thought for the workers who have to handle this waste.[/p][/quote]I have never washed an empty tin can in my life what are you saying ? We should wash empty cans of soup and baked beans before putting them in the bin ? Is this council policy if it is then the council need to educate people Sankey
  • Score: -9

5:28pm Thu 5 Jun 14

barrie timpson says...

It does say we should rinse out glass jars and tins , but that doesn't excuse this.
It does say we should rinse out glass jars and tins , but that doesn't excuse this. barrie timpson
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Truther2 says...

Another great job by this Council!!..This is a regulated Site and evidentley the local Enviromental Services have failed us yet again!!! Yes it`s our local Recycled waste!!! Shame on you St Helens Council,i will personally be seeking Litigation against the said Company and the St helens Council for Out of pocket Expenses and Personal damage.... I encourage others to do so !!!
Another great job by this Council!!..This is a regulated Site and evidentley the local Enviromental Services have failed us yet again!!! Yes it`s our local Recycled waste!!! Shame on you St Helens Council,i will personally be seeking Litigation against the said Company and the St helens Council for Out of pocket Expenses and Personal damage.... I encourage others to do so !!! Truther2
  • Score: 11

2:49pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

The old blame game by this Council again I see. Never mind what the Enviroment Agency regulate, the Council is responsible for St Helens and what goes on within it's boundaries. I feel very sorry for the people of Sutton who have endured this terrible situation. I detest flies with a passion and it is totally unacceptable that houses have been invaded by swarms of these disease carrying insects.

On top of pushing the blame sideways, this Council has the nerve to patronise residents by "urging" them to observe correct hygiene and wash their hands. It should forget the too little too late advice and get it's own finger out to ensure the situation is remedied swiftly and that it can never happen again.

I am sure that if while a Council meeting was taking place, a couple of flies dropped into the champagne, they would be quick enough to do something then!
The old blame game by this Council again I see. Never mind what the Enviroment Agency regulate, the Council is responsible for St Helens and what goes on within it's boundaries. I feel very sorry for the people of Sutton who have endured this terrible situation. I detest flies with a passion and it is totally unacceptable that houses have been invaded by swarms of these disease carrying insects. On top of pushing the blame sideways, this Council has the nerve to patronise residents by "urging" them to observe correct hygiene and wash their hands. It should forget the too little too late advice and get it's own finger out to ensure the situation is remedied swiftly and that it can never happen again. I am sure that if while a Council meeting was taking place, a couple of flies dropped into the champagne, they would be quick enough to do something then! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 1

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