Rubbish left uncollected for second week

PUBLISHED: 08:26 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

AN EXASPERATED St Albans resident has had her rubbish left uncollected from outside her flat for the second week in a row. Kate Welling, of Alma Road, has no space outside her first-floor flat for the new wheelie bins and so still uses black bin bags and

AN EXASPERATED St Albans resident has had her rubbish left uncollected from outside her flat for the second week in a row.

Kate Welling, of Alma Road, has no space outside her first-floor flat for the new wheelie bins and so still uses black bin bags and recycling boxes, a measure approved by the district council.

But the council's contrated refuse collectors refused to dispose of her black bin bags a couple of weeks ago, claiming that they had been instructed them not to collect the sacks any more. Kate's rubbish was finally removed days later on the Saturday but last Thursday the same thing happened.

Said Kate: "This time it was my recycling box full of bottles that was left on Thursday. It feels like I'm being victimised and it's so stressful that I spent that night mostly in tears! I've told the council that this is the last time I will be contacting them about my left-over rubbish. If there's a next time, it'll just have to rot in the streets."

A spokesperson from the council said that Kate's recycling was not collected because her green box had food waste on top of it. She added: "For the next couple of weeks, the refuse collecting department will be checking their electronic records to ensure that Kate is having her rubbish collected.

"She has been sent a letter of apology to try to make up for any inconvenience caused.

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