Rat concerns over bins left overflowing

Story of overflowing bins on Disraeli Crescent, Ilkeston.'Could only take Street signs as the bins appeared to have been emptied.'''NILA 17-10-15 Bins, Disraeli Crescent street signs (1 to 3)
Story of overflowing bins on Disraeli Crescent, Ilkeston.'Could only take Street signs as the bins appeared to have been emptied.'''NILA 17-10-15 Bins, Disraeli Crescent street signs (1 to 3)

Communal bins that have not been emptied for four weeks are leaving a bad smell in an Ilkeston street.

People living on Disraeli Crescent say they have not had their communal bins collected in over four weeks now, causing a terrific smell and health hazard.

Emma Birtles contacted the ‘Tiser concerned that the waste will attract rats.

She said: “The communal bins are beside a heavily used pathway so as you can imagine this is most unpleasant for not only the residents having to try and dispose of their rubbish but also to the general public using this walk way.

“As the bins have not been collected in so long this resulted in excess waste being left around the bins as there was nowhere else to put it.”

Emma contacted the council last month about the issue and was told they would not be collected if the bins weren’t accessible.

She said: “Of course the bins weren’t accessible, they had not been collected in weeks.”

She then contacted the management company of the flats on Disraeli Crescent and they collected all excess waste from around the bins.

However when it came to collection day the refuse collectors failed to empty the bins again.

She said: “You can imagine my frustration at this point having used so much of my time trying to get this sorted for all the residents.

“I have again been in contact with Erewash Borough Council about this and await their response. My concern is that now we have not had another collection so undoubtedly we will soon have the same problem with excess waste again, thus creating a vicious circle.

“What do myself and other residents pay our council tax for?”

Nick Thurstan, Head of Environment and Housing Services, said: “The council has been working with the management company to resolve the problem of misuse of the communal bin store at Disraeli Crescent. There is sufficient bin storage capacity provided to meet the needs of residents. However when bagged refuse is placed on the ground in front of the bins the collection crews cannot gain access to the bin store to complete the collection. Unfortunately, this situation even arises when there is available space in the bins.

“The council has in the past cleared the bin store of bagged waste to assist the management company and minimise any inconvenience. The management company is aware of the difficulties being faced by the council and will liaise with residents to ensure the bin store is used properly.”