River Street rubbish concerns

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A LOCAL man has raised health and safety and environmental concerns with Angus Council, after failing to have his refuse collected recently from his home in River Street.

The gentleman, who didn’t wish to be named, has claimed that the decision not to uplift household waste could act as a spur to vermin, especially with the onset of hopefully milder weather.

He said: “I want to make people aware of the problem regarding the excess waste that is not being uplifted by Angus Council waste services.

“I am a resident living at River Street.

“Our garbage collection (grey bins) were due to be uplifted last week. My neighbours and I gathered excess waste, which was placed in sealed black bin bags, and left neatly beside the full larger grey bins for collection.

“To my horror these sealed bin bags were just left on the street and not uplifted.

“I contacted Angus Council and was told that it is not there policy to uplift excess waste, although appropriately sealed in black bin bags.

“I was not aware of this, and was told that I would be responsible, along with my fellow neighbours, for transporting excess garbage ourselves along to the local skip.

“I was shocked by this, because I feel we all contribute to this service through our council tax fees. Gone are the days when excess waste would be thrown into the bin lorry by your local dustman (woman).

“I asked if it would be possible to get a loan bin for any excess waste in the future and was told these (pink topped) loan bins would be hard to come by, as I would have to fill out various form, etc., and this could take some timeif I was successful.

“Meanwhile, the garbage just gathers! At least the rats will have something to feed on if the river floods, like it nearly did the week prior to collection.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “It is council policy that all waste must be contained within your bin.

“This means that we cannot take bags of waste placed either outside or beside a grey bin.

“A second grey bin will not be emptied from any household unless it has been issued by Angus Council in response to a particular need, i.e., those identified as having a “large family”.