A concerned resident contacted Andover & Villages after visiting Andover’s Waste Recycling Centre and observing two of the employees opening mail from a bag of rubbish discarded by its owner.
The local man who wishes to remain anonymous said, “The two men were clearly going through a pile of letters, opening them and taking them out of envelopes and having a good read.
“It was clear that they were going through the post that had been thrown away.”
The concerned resident overheard one of the employees say to the other, “That’s no good, its out of date.”
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Without details, I can only comment generally on expectations of our contractor Hopkins’ staff at HWRCs. Part of their role at HWRCs is to check and segregate any mixed waste in order to make sure that as much as possible can be recycled. This reduces waste going to landfill and the costs of disposal. However, if residents are concerned about any confidential or personal waste they have brought to the HWRC, they can let site staff know and this can be disposed of without being segregated. Alternatively residents may consider a different way to dispose of their confidential waste, such as shredding.”