Fly-tipping of garden waste reported in Little Waldingfield as residents raise concerns about brown bin collections
Confusion and disruption around brown bin collections has created frustration among residents of a Suffolk village, who say the issue has resulted in overflowing bins and fly-tipping of garden waste.
Babergh District Council announced that garden waste collections would resume from May 11, after being temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, to reduce pressure on services.
But concerns have been raised in Little Waldingfield around the collection schedule, with reports of a late collection last week, and a lack of clarity for those without access to the council website.
Michael Peas, who lives in The Street, told the Free Press that many people have been gardening more frequently while self-isolating at home, resulting in a build up of additional waste during the weeks the collections were suspended.
He claims the issue has led to brown bins being over filled, causing a foul stench, while grass cuttings and hedge trimmings have also reportedly been dumped on public footpaths, as well as near Grove Avenue and Wade Crescent.
“It’s a health issue, as much as anything,” the 70-year-old said. “I’ve spoken to about 20 people and they’re all having problems with their garden waste.
“I’ve got nowhere to put my grass and hedge trimmings, so I can’t cut them. My hedge is out of control. It has grown nearly two feet.”
Mr Peas also voiced his frustration at being repeatedly referred online when trying to telephone the council about the issue, stating that many residents did not have access to a computer.
In response, a spokeswoman for Babergh District Council said they are not aware of any concerns or confusion from residents about the collection schedule.
"Those whose collections started again week commencing May 11 or May 18 were always scheduled to have their bins collected that week despite the stoppage period, though a bank holiday can throw a spanner in the works for some," she said.
"We would of course be happy to support any resident who isn’t able to access our online collection schedules either via a mobile device or computer.
"If the resident you mention could provide us with a contact number and his address, our waste team would be more than happy to provide him with his collection day and assist with any further concerns he might have.
"Fly-tipping is obviously an ugly crime, and one which we’re keen to discourage. Residents can report fly-tipping as soon as possible here www.babergh.gov.uk/waste-services/dog-bins-litter-and-fly-tipping, or by calling our environment team on 0300 1234000."
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