Don’t forget my green bins’

PUBLISHED: 16:39 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:30 25 August 2010

A MOTHER-OF-ONE has had to call the council twelve weeks in a row to get her recycling collected.

A MOTHER-OF-ONE has had to call the council twelve weeks in a row to get her recycling collected.

Caroline Gilligan, 44, of Church Road, Sidcup, says she has had problems with her rubbish and recycling collections for more than two years.

She claims her house is the only property on the street which gets missed in the weekly collections.

The administrator said: "I heard the dustcart come to the house three doors down from me. I saw it stop and then drive off.

"I rang and they said leave it out and we will come and get it the next day.

"But we can hear the foxes howling at night and they come and rip everything up. The rubbish would be all over the street if I left it out."

After complaining to Bexley council, they monitored her recycling collections for four weeks. But when the monitoring stopped, so did the collections.

Mrs Gilligan said: "I would come home from work and the rubbish would still be sat there."

Now she has resorted to calling the council on a weekly basis.

She said: "I have been left with food waste for weeks which has been covered in maggots and flies. It was horrible. I put the rubbish out the night before and put it right on the front of the footway. They don't bother looking.

"The only reason I can think of why they miss it is that my house is on the cross roads. I think if the lights are on green, they just go. That is the only reason I can think of. They pick up next doors.

"I have been a reasonable person. I am not on the phone screaming. All I am asking for is a service they are promising."

A council spokesperson said: "We are sorry that this resident has experienced problems with her waste and recycling collections, we have called her and apologised personally.

"We have also provided her with a telephone number to contact the recycling warden for her area, who will be monitoring her collections and be available to sort out any further concerns quickly."

Mrs Gilligan said: "If I missed my council tax a third of the time they missed my collections, I would be in court now."

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