Criticism over 'four-week' wait for Forest of Dean bin collections
BINS in parts of the Forest haven't been collected for up to four weeks.
Fed-up residents have hit out at the situation and told council officials to buck their ideas up in the wake of snow and ice that brought much of the area to a standstill recently.
Bin men have been working to a "catch-up" schedule over the past few days but it has proved almost farcical for one Lydney resident.
Daniel Rowles, 27, lives in Naas Lane and said he often goes two or three weeks without having his bins picked up.
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"Because we live down a little lane, we get forgotten about," he said. "I've been on to the council loads of times and with the weather it's been really bad.
"We hadn't had them collected for about three weeks, then we had three collections last week.
"My sister lives just around the corner but is in a different zone apparently and didn't have any collections – when we had three.
"It's a bit ridiculous. Even when the weather is all right they don't always come, your bins are overflowing and we can't put black bags out because it attracts foxes and rodents."
Heavy snowfall, which then didn't melt away for several days, all but crippled the rubbish collection schedule, with some houesholders claiming their bins weren't picked up for almost four weeks.
Labour councillor Graham Morgan, who lives in Cinderford, was waiting at least three weeks to have his rubbish picked up and said a back-up plan needs to be sorted out.
"They picked it up at last in the latter part of last week, but it had been there since before the snow," he said.
"They came and picked up the green bin on schedule but left the black ones, which were overflowing. There just doesn't seem to be any proper provision to get it all sorted out."
A council spokeswoman said: "Not only was this the first time we have experienced disruption to collections since our new waste collection service was introduced, but it was also an extreme and prolonged time of bad weather in the district. Our refuse and recycling collectors are working very hard to catch up with all the collections missed as a result of the snow.
"The decision to suspend the waste and recycling service was not taken lightly."