Man dumps bins at council after missed collection

Steve Richards delivered his bins to North Somerset Council

Steve Richards delivered his bins to North Somerset Council - Credit: Archant

A man from North Somerset is so fed up with his bins not being collected he has taken matters into his own hands, leaving the rubbish at the doors of North Somerset Council at Weston Town Hall.

Steve Richards, aged 47, who lives in a bungalow on the Homefield Industrial Estate in Locking, told the Mercury he has been waiting for weeks and months to have his waste and recycling collected by the council, but after exhausting every avenue he has been told to follow, this week he said he has had enough.

Mr Richards loaded the stinking binbags into the back of his van before motoring into the town centre to dump the rubbish at the authority’s front door.

He said: “If you pay your taxes, you expect the council to keep up their side of the contract.”

Mr Richards says general waste has not been collected from his property since May 26 and he has been waiting for more than six weeks for his recycling bins to be emptied.

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He said: “This is continually going on and it is not acceptable.

“I’m in a rented property, I can’t leave festering rubbish outside or my landlord will complain.”

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Mr Richards has slammed the council’s handling of his case, including an email he received stating the council couldn’t help him.

He said: “There’s hardly been any communication and you don’t get any explanation.

“It’s taken a lot for me to dump my rubbish on their doorstep, but even when you speak to a human being it doesn’t get resolved. Now it’s getting silly.”

When Mr Richards arrived at the Town Hall, a council community officer assured him the issue would be addressed.

A spokesman for the council said: “Mr Richards reported missed recycling collections in April. As a result of that an officer visited him, liaised with our contractors and monitored the situation to ensure collections were made.

“We did not hear anything more from Mr Richards until he fly-tipped his rubbish at the Town Hall on June 28 and again this week. Mr Richards had not reported any further missed collections and we consider his actions to be totally unacceptable.”

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