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Gardeners left without bins for weeks as council messes up new collections before they’ve even started

PUBLISHED: 16:07 09 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:07 09 September 2015

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The new garden waste collections in Bexley have already run into problems – with numerous homeowners being left without any bins at all

The new garden waste collections in Bexley have already run into problems – with numerous homeowners being left without any bins at all.

Bexley Council hasn’t managed to order enough replacements for the garden waste bins it’s taking away this month – and says some people may be without a bin until the start of October.

Pensioner John Woodruff had his garden bin taken away more than a week ago but hasn’t had a replacement.

“It doesn’t look as if we will have a bin for a fair bit of time, and several of my neighbours are without them too, so I assume it’s happened in quite a lot of other areas,” said the 78-year-old, who lives in Sidcup.

“Fortunately I’ve got some compost bags I had kept by, but there’s going to be an awful lot of waste by the time the bin’s delivered.

“It’s quite an inconvenience, especially as they’re charging for the service.

“I’m surprised they underestimated the demand, and I can’t understand why they’re picking up the old bins if they couldn’t supply the new ones. I thought they were being really efficient when they collected them all.”

The council is no longer collecting garden waste for free – if you want it taken away fortnightly you now have to pay £33 a year – and is replacing the brown bins used at the moment for food and garden waste.

Each household is being sent a new, food-only recycling bin - food waste will still be collected every week for free – and those who have signed up for the paid-for garden waste collections are also being sent new garden waste bins (in theory).

There are other options if you don’t want to pay: you can either home compost your waste or take it to one of Bexley’s two recycling centres for free.

A council spokesman said: “All the food recycling containers will be delivered as planned by the end of this month.

“Those who have received the containers can put them out for collection the following week.

“Demand for the new, larger garden waste bins has been significantly above expectations, with almost 27,000 orders having been placed so far. We would like to thank all the people who have signed up, and we are delivering the bins on a first come, first served basis.

“People who have not yet received their new bin are asked to either store their garden waste until their bin arrives, or to take it to the reuse and recycling centres in Crayford or Foots Cray.”

If you ordered your bin before July 19, you can expect to receive it by September 15, and will be charged for garden waste collections for a year starting next month.

If you ordered it between July 20 and August 22, you can expect to receive your bin by October 5.

But if you ordered it after August 23, you might not get it until the middle of October – although your year of paid-for collections won’t start till November.

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