Bin nightmare for big family
A COUPLE with six children has today claimed they have had to burn their household rubbish after refuse collectors refused to take much of it away.Simon and Jessica Green of Timperley Road, Hadleigh faced this week with no bin to use as their black and blue bins were full.
A COUPLE with six children has today claimed they have had to burn their household rubbish after refuse collectors refused to take much of it away.
Simon and Jessica Green of Timperley Road, Hadleigh faced this week with no bin to use as their black and blue bins were full.
The couple, whose children are aged between seven-months and 14-years, have been leaving excess rubbish in bags next to their bins but claim refuse collectors will not collect them.
Mrs Green, 35, said: “Babergh council have said take it up the tip but I am not picking up bags with maggots in and taking them to the tip.
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“I don't drive and my husband goes away for work. I can't manage the buggy and bin liners and I can't bear picking them up - it's totally disgusting.”
Mrs Green said the family is keen to recycle but cannot fit all of their recycling in the bins, meaning they are forced to burn four bags of rubbish a week whole the rest sticks out of the wheelie bin.
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She added: “They empty the bins once a fortnight so ours is full for a week and it is swarming with flies. We have to move the bin well away from the house and it is getting to the point where we can't open the windows.
“We have flies in the hot weather but round the rubbish it is something else.
“The neighbours are complaining because of the smell of the bins.”
A spokeswoman for Babergh council said Mr Green had been told that the family would qualify for a second recycling bin.
She said: “The Greens already have two black wheelie bins, although we believe that the second bin is a small one which we are looking into replacing with a 240 litre black bin. Therefore, we anticipate that the Greens will shortly be in possession of two bins for recycling and two bins for residual waste.”
The spokeswoman added the family had been given an interim supply of pink bags in which to put their extra recyclable waste.
They had been putting it in black sacks but the council were only able to collect any overspill waste in clear or pink sacks marked as recycling.
If more than seven people live at a property Babergh council will issue a second blue bin. There is also the opportunity to have a second black bin at a nominal charge.
Larger families struggling with waste can call Babergh on their Refuse Hotline on 0800 018 5989.
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