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Council leader advises residents with overflowing rubbish to ‘take it to the dump yourself’

PUBLISHED: 17:56 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:11 18 January 2019

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell wants residents to have some social responsibility. Pic: Ken Mears

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell wants residents to have some social responsibility. Pic: Ken Mears

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The leader of the council has advised residents to take excess rubbish to the tip themselves following a catalogue of complaints about collections.

Bags of recycling went uncollected from outside this residents's home in Dagenham for weeks. Picture: KRISTINA GIRLINGBags of recycling went uncollected from outside this residents's home in Dagenham for weeks. Picture: KRISTINA GIRLING

Cllr Darren Rodwell spoke out after the council received numerous complaints about overflowing bins and missed collections over the Christmas period.

Residents with missed collections can report the issue to the council and they will try and rectify the issue and Cllr Rodwell said the refuse team was doing the “best it can”.

Explaining they had to pick up more than twice the waste it usually does and residents should have some ‘social responsibility’, he said: “I think the refuse workers did an incredible job over Christmas in difficult circumstances.

“They are doing the best they can.

“This week one of the rounds collected 28 tonnes of rubbish. That’s more than twice what they usually take and means several trips back and forth to the dump.

“I took nine bags to the tip myself. If you have a car and your bin is overflowing, instead of having a go at us, have a bit of social responsibility and take it to the dump yourself for free.”

The council currently collects general waste every week and recycling every other week.

Cllr Rodwell added that the collections would be back to normal in the next few days.

“We have a situation in Barking and Dagenham where one in three properties belong to buy to let landlords,” he said.

“These homes produce two and a half times more rubbish than normal households, so our refuge collection system is already collecting the rubbish of a borough twice its size.

“At Christmas households produce three times more rubbish than usual. With the greatest respect there is just no way we can pick it all up in a week, especially when refuse workers need to have their days off as well. We do more collections than many other boroughs to cope.”

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