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OPINION: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 August 2017

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Rota for collection of bins really is rubbish

I’ve reached the age where my hobbies now include complaining about bin collections.

I never thought it would happen. I used to be carefree but these days nothing winds me up like seeing rubbish pile up.

To be fair to me, when I was younger the bins would be collected every week and they took whatever you put out. These days you’re lucky if you get a visit once a fortnight and if they don’t like the look of the way you separated your recycling you’re cut off from society.

The number of complaints about bin collections which were upheld by the local government watchdog rose sharply this year and I’m not surprised.

Where I live we get alternate collections, one week it’s recycling and the next it’s rubbish.

Firstly I feel sorry for the foxes on recycling week. In the morning you can see they have opened some bags and must have thought, “What’s this? Cardboard and yoghurt pots? And you even washed them out to make sure there’s no food for me, you git!”

It also means you have rubbish building up for two weeks. I know we’re meant to throw away less and recycle more but any rubbish you produce the day after bin day has to sit there smelling for two weeks.

And should a bank holiday happen you can be waiting for a month surrounded by your own waste. I had enough of that when I was a student.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman upheld 81 per cent of its investigations into complaints about services involving rubbish. That’s a good rate.

The cynic in me thought there was no point complaining about your bins and those letters would be the only thing the council would put right in the bin without waiting for weeks.

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