Bins not collected for six weeks in Bromley Cross street

Fed-up residents Katharine and Tony Muscatt, Amanda Barkess and Julia Applegate

Fed-up residents Katharine and Tony Muscatt, Amanda Barkess and Julia Applegate

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , entertainment reporter

EVERY fortnight, mother-of-seven Julia Applegate dutifully puts out her recycling bins — the correct colour, in the right place and with the lids closed.

But for the past six weeks the bins have remained untouched, leaving residents with a build-up of rubbish from over the festive period.

Mrs Applegate, who has lived in Stonesteads Way, Bromley Cross, for 25 years, said the problems started with the introduction of alternate rubbish collections in May.

Despite living on the same road, she says she and a handful of her neighbours’ bins are on a different collection schedule to the rest of the street.

Mrs Applegate, who lives with her husband and daughter, said: “Five of us are on a totally different rota to everyone else so they just keep missing us.

“They think we’ve put our bins out wrong. In eight weeks, we’ve had them emptied once.

“Imagine it from Christmas and New Year.

“I ended up having to go and do their job and take it to the tip.

“My husband is 66 and in bad health and I’m having to drag the bins down the long path and back again when they don’t empty them.

“Common sense would be they put us on the same rota.

“It all started when they started doing fortnightly collections.

“We never had any problems before that.”Mrs Applegate contacted the council several times about the bins, which are supposed to be emptied once a fortnight.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We’re sorry that Mrs Applegate and her neighbours have been experiencing difficulties with the collection of their beige and burgundy recycling bins. We have investigated the matter and spoken with the relevant collection crew.

“Arrangements have been made for the beige and burgundy bins from 81 to 91 Stonesteads Way to be collected and we would like to reassure Mrs Applegate and her neighbours that we will monitor the recycling collections over the coming weeks to ensure the bins are collected as scheduled.”

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8:45am Tue 14 Jan 14

Regulatory Man says...

While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens.

Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta!
While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens. Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta! Regulatory Man
  • Score: 20

9:34am Tue 14 Jan 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Telephone 01204 336632 the day after they dont come to collect it and they will arrange for another to come the next day. they may say you have to wait but just kick off and they'll get it sorted. :-)
Telephone 01204 336632 the day after they dont come to collect it and they will arrange for another to come the next day. they may say you have to wait but just kick off and they'll get it sorted. :-) itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 7

9:35am Tue 14 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Regulatory Man wrote:
While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens.

Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta!
All this excitement about bins.....

Its a bin what's it matter!
[quote][p][bold]Regulatory Man[/bold] wrote: While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens. Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta![/p][/quote]All this excitement about bins..... Its a bin what's it matter! atlas123
  • Score: 4

9:39am Tue 14 Jan 14

arrian says...

i put my grey bin out after Christmas on the correct day, but I was the only one to do so as far as I could tell. the bin wagon came, drove past my house, carried on around the estate, and drove past my house again. couldn't be bothered to stop for one bin it seems!
i put my grey bin out after Christmas on the correct day, but I was the only one to do so as far as I could tell. the bin wagon came, drove past my house, carried on around the estate, and drove past my house again. couldn't be bothered to stop for one bin it seems! arrian
  • Score: -1

9:44am Tue 14 Jan 14

MissPeg says...

Regulatory Man wrote:
While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens.

Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta!
They must collect thousands of bins every day, why would they carefully place every bin exactly in the spot it came from? And why would they waste time lifting every bin up to the machine when they can empty one into the other?

Do you want your bins collected? Because putting such restrictions on them would cause a catastrophe, it would take them longer to do each route and some people would not have their bins collected as a result.

If your bin is dirty, clean it. And if it's blocking the road/driveway, move it. You do your bit, they'll do theirs. It's simple.
[quote][p][bold]Regulatory Man[/bold] wrote: While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens. Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta![/p][/quote]They must collect thousands of bins every day, why would they carefully place every bin exactly in the spot it came from? And why would they waste time lifting every bin up to the machine when they can empty one into the other? Do you want your bins collected? Because putting such restrictions on them would cause a catastrophe, it would take them longer to do each route and some people would not have their bins collected as a result. If your bin is dirty, clean it. And if it's blocking the road/driveway, move it. You do your bit, they'll do theirs. It's simple. MissPeg
  • Score: 16

10:09am Tue 14 Jan 14

Iluminati says...

Is it any surprise that fly tipping is on the rise in Bolton? What would one do after 6 weeks of accumulative increase of household waste? Wonder if the council would wait 6 weeks for the rates to be paid?
Is it any surprise that fly tipping is on the rise in Bolton? What would one do after 6 weeks of accumulative increase of household waste? Wonder if the council would wait 6 weeks for the rates to be paid? Iluminati
  • Score: 3

10:28am Tue 14 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

Oh some are bin loading and his brother Oh some are bin dumping...
Oh some are bin loading and his brother Oh some are bin dumping... Comment777
  • Score: -8

11:17am Tue 14 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

If you don't pay your council tax you get a fine,
If you don't put your rubbish in the correct bin you get a fine.
If you put your bin out too early or late you get a fine.

The council then take your sorted rubbish and sell it to recycling companies for lots of money.

and then some bin men were complaining that they don't get tips at Christmas any more.

Its a licence to print money these days.
If you don't pay your council tax you get a fine, If you don't put your rubbish in the correct bin you get a fine. If you put your bin out too early or late you get a fine. The council then take your sorted rubbish and sell it to recycling companies for lots of money. and then some bin men were complaining that they don't get tips at Christmas any more. Its a licence to print money these days. Jim271
  • Score: -2

12:46pm Tue 14 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Iluminati wrote:
Is it any surprise that fly tipping is on the rise in Bolton? What would one do after 6 weeks of accumulative increase of household waste? Wonder if the council would wait 6 weeks for the rates to be paid?
No they sent me a summons..... Due to their oversight!
[quote][p][bold]Iluminati[/bold] wrote: Is it any surprise that fly tipping is on the rise in Bolton? What would one do after 6 weeks of accumulative increase of household waste? Wonder if the council would wait 6 weeks for the rates to be paid?[/p][/quote]No they sent me a summons..... Due to their oversight! atlas123
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Tue 14 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Iluminati wrote:
Is it any surprise that fly tipping is on the rise in Bolton? What would one do after 6 weeks of accumulative increase of household waste? Wonder if the council would wait 6 weeks for the rates to be paid?
No they sent me a summons..... Due to their oversight!
[quote][p][bold]Iluminati[/bold] wrote: Is it any surprise that fly tipping is on the rise in Bolton? What would one do after 6 weeks of accumulative increase of household waste? Wonder if the council would wait 6 weeks for the rates to be paid?[/p][/quote]No they sent me a summons..... Due to their oversight! atlas123
  • Score: -1

5:47pm Tue 14 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

MissPeg wrote:
Regulatory Man wrote:
While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens.

Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta!
They must collect thousands of bins every day, why would they carefully place every bin exactly in the spot it came from? And why would they waste time lifting every bin up to the machine when they can empty one into the other?

Do you want your bins collected? Because putting such restrictions on them would cause a catastrophe, it would take them longer to do each route and some people would not have their bins collected as a result.

If your bin is dirty, clean it. And if it's blocking the road/driveway, move it. You do your bit, they'll do theirs. It's simple.
If they were doing their bit there wouldn't even be an article to comment on. If people clean their own bins why should they have to deal with rubbish from someone else, why should they have to deal with unnecessary obstructions caused by bin men who can't be bothered returning bins? Sorry, I'm with Regulatory Man on this one.
[quote][p][bold]MissPeg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Regulatory Man[/bold] wrote: While your monitoring it, can you also ask the Bin collectors, especially those doing Briggs Fold Road at Egerton to put the bins back outside the house they came from after they have emptied them, they are clearly marked and also not leave them outside the neighbours houses or blocking peoples driveways as so often happens. Another really good idea would be to ask the grey bin collectors not to tip the contents of one neighbours bin into that of another especially ones that are half full as has happened, leaving my nice clean bin with someone elses filth. Ta![/p][/quote]They must collect thousands of bins every day, why would they carefully place every bin exactly in the spot it came from? And why would they waste time lifting every bin up to the machine when they can empty one into the other? Do you want your bins collected? Because putting such restrictions on them would cause a catastrophe, it would take them longer to do each route and some people would not have their bins collected as a result. If your bin is dirty, clean it. And if it's blocking the road/driveway, move it. You do your bit, they'll do theirs. It's simple.[/p][/quote]If they were doing their bit there wouldn't even be an article to comment on. If people clean their own bins why should they have to deal with rubbish from someone else, why should they have to deal with unnecessary obstructions caused by bin men who can't be bothered returning bins? Sorry, I'm with Regulatory Man on this one. The Running Man
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

biglad44 says...

Population 139,403 (2001 Census)
And 5 residents haven't had the RECYCLING bins done for the last 3 collections which is down to a oversight on the new mapping system not exactly the end of the world.
Population 139,403 (2001 Census) And 5 residents haven't had the RECYCLING bins done for the last 3 collections which is down to a oversight on the new mapping system not exactly the end of the world. biglad44
  • Score: 5

8:19pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

Write to the chief executive and ask whether the bin operative policy is "finish and go" (it is). Then ask him whether those operatives are still at the depot because, be definition, they haven't finished.

This policy is why they miss bins. The service is offered for the convenience of the bin operatives to get to second jobs and not the residents. The "finish and go" policy should be stopped. Come on BN - do some proper investigation of this.
Write to the chief executive and ask whether the bin operative policy is "finish and go" (it is). Then ask him whether those operatives are still at the depot because, be definition, they haven't finished. This policy is why they miss bins. The service is offered for the convenience of the bin operatives to get to second jobs and not the residents. The "finish and go" policy should be stopped. Come on BN - do some proper investigation of this. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 0

6:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Malcolm Tucker says...

Jim271 wrote:
If you don't pay your council tax you get a fine,
If you don't put your rubbish in the correct bin you get a fine.
If you put your bin out too early or late you get a fine.

The council then take your sorted rubbish and sell it to recycling companies for lots of money.

and then some bin men were complaining that they don't get tips at Christmas any more.

Its a licence to print money these days.
You don't get fined for not putting rubbish in the correct bin!

You don't get get fined for putting you bin out too late or too early!

Stop making crapp up ALL the time!!

The only thing I can think you might be referring to is some people getting warned and warned and warned and then fined for leaving their bins strewn around back streets to be set on fire by their neighbours. I think a fine is fair enough in those circumstances. With some people you have to hit them with a sledge hammer to make them listen.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If you don't pay your council tax you get a fine, If you don't put your rubbish in the correct bin you get a fine. If you put your bin out too early or late you get a fine. The council then take your sorted rubbish and sell it to recycling companies for lots of money. and then some bin men were complaining that they don't get tips at Christmas any more. Its a licence to print money these days.[/p][/quote]You don't get fined for not putting rubbish in the correct bin! You don't get get fined for putting you bin out too late or too early! Stop making crapp up ALL the time!! The only thing I can think you might be referring to is some people getting warned and warned and warned and then fined for leaving their bins strewn around back streets to be set on fire by their neighbours. I think a fine is fair enough in those circumstances. With some people you have to hit them with a sledge hammer to make them listen. Malcolm Tucker
  • Score: 3

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