Residents have hit out after a series of bin collection delays left pedestrians side-stepping rubbish for days on end.
Over the last few weeks, brown, blue and black bins, which should be emptied by Babergh District Council, have been left to sit on footpaths crammed full of rubbish.
The council has acknowledged on its website that it has been experiencing problems with collections and put this down to “operational issues”.
Last week, parts of Stoke-by-Nayland and Preston St Mary were among those affected by the delays, while Sudbury and Hadleigh have seen recycling bins unemptied this week.
Natasha Priday, from Sudbury, said: “My blue bin was supposed to be collected on Monday but it wasn’t. I reported it to the council and was told it would be collected later in the week and that the delay was due to staff illness.”
Others who reported the problem said they had been told the delays were caused by a broken down vehicle. They argued the council should have a contingency plan if this happens, instead of simply telling residents to keep their bins out.
A spokesman for Babergh District Council said a combination of staff illness and vehicle break downs had resulted in the problems and collections would be back to “full efficiency” soon.