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Residents plea to 'empty our bins!'

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

A RUBBISH STORY ... Esther Dix and her neighbours say the mounting pile of waste on their street are starting to become a health hazard

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FRUSTRATED residents of a Stafford Street have complained their pleas to empty overflowing bins are falling on deaf ears.


Esther Dix, 69, said the community rubbish bins on Shallowford Mews off Izaak Walton Street had not been emptied in two weeks and were starting to become a ‘health hazard’.

“We’re having real trouble getting them emptied,” she said. “Collections stopped when the snow fell, but since then no one has been and they’re really starting to pile up.

“I think it’s becoming a health hazard honestly.”

Mrs Dix said she and her neighbours had rung the borough council on a number of occasions and had been fobbed off.

“They say they will come tomorrow every time, but they still haven’t,” she said.

She said she understood that the snow and ice and other extreme conditions had made collections difficult, but added that everyone else seemed to have had their collections at this point while rubbish was just piling up on her street.

Mark Street, environmental health manager at Stafford Borough Council said: “We are really sorry that some people’s bins were not emptied during the recent snow and ice.

“Our crews went out every day during the appalling spell, and used the weekend to catch up, but obviously some streets and pavements were just impossible and dangerous to get to for our bin lorries and crew.”

Mr Street said any outstanding bins would be collected today.

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