Swindon town centre residents upset over lack of Christmas bins collection

Gaute Lindkvist with some of the rubbish left in Albion Street

Gaute Lindkvist with some of the rubbish left in Albion Street Buy this photo

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DISGUSTED residents in part of central Swindon had to endure a week with their street covered in rotting Christmas leftovers and other household waste, after their refuse collection was set back by a week.

Residents in Albion Street do not have front gardens so they put out household waste in blue bags, which are normally collected every Wednesday.

However, as last Wednesday was Boxing Day, no collection took place, with a double collection scheduled for yesterday.

But some householders claimed they did not know about the change and many decided on Boxing Day to leave out their blue bags, which during the course of the week were ripped open by vermin, cats and birds and their contents spread around the streets.

Gaute Lindkvist, 34, who has lived in Albion Street since 2006, said Swindon Council should have laid on a special collection of blue bags during that week as it did for households in areas with wheelie bin collections affected by the bank holidays, or at least posted leafletsto warn people not to put out sacks for another week.

He said: “Our collection was on Boxing Day, which understandably, perhaps, was not a collection day because it’s a bank holiday.

“I just noticed that everyone had put out their rubbish, and almost nobody seemed to know there was no collection that day.

“But I have just had a look at the council website and noticed that the blue bag collections are the only ones they haven’t arranged any extra collections for.

“No notification has been given, so the street is just filled up with blue bags and most of them have been torn and got into by vermin.

“We aren’t very happy about this. It should be pretty obvious to anyone that blue bags are particularly susceptible to vermin.”

Mr Lindkvist, a father-of-one, said the bags could not be taken back inside as they were split, and they were also causing an obstruction.

“It’s absolutely gross,” he said.

“There are turkey carcasses there on the street. There are half-eaten bits of food and it’s revolting to be walking down the street.

“It’s also impossible to walk down with a pram on one side because it’s simply full with too many plastic bags. I struggle to see how anyone who’s disabled can get through.”

A council spokesman said: “We did send out information to the local media publicising that there would be no waste collections, including blue bags, on Christmas Day or Boxing Day this year.

“Information was also available on our website, while a short film was produced to highlight changes to collections and featuring advice on recycling.

“We also publicised the changes via social media.

“As in past years, any residents who were due to have their blue bag waste collected on Christmas Day or Boxing Day will have a double collection this week.

“Residents who need to dispose of any waste in the meantime can take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Cheney Manor industrial estate between 8am and 4.30pm.”

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9:38am Thu 3 Jan 13

adver jurnolist says...

Perhaps if you recycled all those goods which are in the picture you wouldn't have had so many bags Mr Lindkvist!!....
Perhaps if you recycled all those goods which are in the picture you wouldn't have had so many bags Mr Lindkvist!!.... adver jurnolist
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9:59am Thu 3 Jan 13

beach1e says...

this shows how spoon fed we are becoming. mr Lindqvist says he looked online eventually to see about bin collections, why didnt he do that before? thats what i did when i was unsure about the festive season collections. I appreciate that some people were back at work on boxing day but the majority arent so why do people expect their bins to be collected too?If half eaten food is thrown out on the street ,why is that the councils problem?and then the disabled flag is thrown in. Astounding.
this shows how spoon fed we are becoming. mr Lindqvist says he looked online eventually to see about bin collections, why didnt he do that before? thats what i did when i was unsure about the festive season collections. I appreciate that some people were back at work on boxing day but the majority arent so why do people expect their bins to be collected too?If half eaten food is thrown out on the street ,why is that the councils problem?and then the disabled flag is thrown in. Astounding. beach1e
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10:00am Thu 3 Jan 13

Hmmmf says...

Residents of Albion Street dump rubbish in Albion Street, complain about rubbish in Albion Street shock.
Residents of Albion Street dump rubbish in Albion Street, complain about rubbish in Albion Street shock. Hmmmf
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10:12am Thu 3 Jan 13

Davey Gravey says...

Its the idiots who just threw out the bags fault-ie sh1tting on their own doorsteps. Stop moaning and sort out your mess.
Its the idiots who just threw out the bags fault-ie sh1tting on their own doorsteps. Stop moaning and sort out your mess. Davey Gravey
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10:46am Thu 3 Jan 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Quote "Mr Lindkvist, a father-of-one, said the bags could not be taken back inside as they were split, and they were also causing an obstruction"

Er... You just get another bag and put the contents in that one and then put it inside! Rocket science....?

There does seem to be a lot of recyclable rubbish in that picture.
Quote "Mr Lindkvist, a father-of-one, said the bags could not be taken back inside as they were split, and they were also causing an obstruction" Er... You just get another bag and put the contents in that one and then put it inside! Rocket science....? There does seem to be a lot of recyclable rubbish in that picture. LordAshOfTheBrake
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12:16pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Highworth Lad says...

Lazy @ss, I have blue bags and knew all about it... kinda makes you think of the brain power this man has, " hmm I put my bags out on days that they could be on holiday.. I know Ill just check to see when my collection is gonna be as putting bags out with turkey and other food early would really be a bad idea" Thats how I came to plan my waste !! doesnt take a lot really. Also you really need to recycle more....
Lazy @ss, I have blue bags and knew all about it... kinda makes you think of the brain power this man has, " hmm I put my bags out on days that they could be on holiday.. I know Ill just check to see when my collection is gonna be as putting bags out with turkey and other food early would really be a bad idea" Thats how I came to plan my waste !! doesnt take a lot really. Also you really need to recycle more.... Highworth Lad
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1:19pm Thu 3 Jan 13

RichardR1 says...

Here's another suggestion, how about taking it to the free recycling place.
Here's another suggestion, how about taking it to the free recycling place. RichardR1
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1:42pm Thu 3 Jan 13

house on the hill says...

You have to say his arms are nicely folded though!!!! Another non story about someone who couldnt be bothered to look up the collection times and then has an article written about how stupid he is! Must be a very slow day for news.......
You have to say his arms are nicely folded though!!!! Another non story about someone who couldnt be bothered to look up the collection times and then has an article written about how stupid he is! Must be a very slow day for news....... house on the hill
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6:03pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Sir Fawn Maker says...

We have a blue bag collection on a wednesday too and I never even considered there was the slightest possibility there would be a Boxing Day collection - I find it incredible they could be thick enough to think there might be.
We have a blue bag collection on a wednesday too and I never even considered there was the slightest possibility there would be a Boxing Day collection - I find it incredible they could be thick enough to think there might be. Sir Fawn Maker
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8:36pm Thu 3 Jan 13

TinkeyWinkey says...

Awww didums.Mr Lindqvkist - Did you ever stop to think that the bin men have familes and maybe for a couple of days of the year they would like to spend some quality time with those families.


Get a life man - if all you have to worry about is the fact your rubbish hasn't been collected as and when you want, then good on you.
Awww didums.Mr Lindqvkist - Did you ever stop to think that the bin men have familes and maybe for a couple of days of the year they would like to spend some quality time with those families. Get a life man - if all you have to worry about is the fact your rubbish hasn't been collected as and when you want, then good on you. TinkeyWinkey
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