A COUNCILLOR says Bolton Council has had a 'real disaster day for recycling' after hundreds of homes were missed.

Cllr David Wilkinson, ward councillor for Westhoughton South, said 'hundreds' of houses have been missed by bin men.

Cllr Wilkinson said: "A real disaster day for recycling by Bolton Council across Westhoughton with hundreds of houses missed.

"We were assured by Bolton Council that this wouldn’t happen again when they spent a lot of money on new bin wagons.

"Bolton Council says they will try to collect in the next few days."

According to Cllr Wilkinson, bins of all different colours had been missed across the area including bins on Hart Street, Hawthorn Road, Hazel Avenue, Hewlett Way, Higher Southfield and Green Fold Lane.

There are also many other streets which had their bin collections missed.

Cllr Wilkinson said this isn't the first time the bins have been missed, he said it is a continuous problem in the area.

He added: "Last year we had countless missed bin collections virtually every week, this was blamed on worn bin wagons.

"Bolton Council said this would stop when the new wagons came in at the end of last year.

"There a few hundred properties missed and green bins are used in Westhoughton for food waste as well as garden waste.

"Residents need to have confidence that this type of waste will be collected.

"It will be interesting to see what the reasons are for the failure to collect."

Later a Bolton Council spokesman said: "Although we continue to successfully deploy the vast majority of our collection teams we are still unfortunately, experiencing some Covid-related staffing issues.

"We will continue to do our upmost to maintain expected service levels whilst we navigate through this difficult period.

"Our teams will attempt to catch up this work within 48 hours.

"We would like to thank residents for their continued understanding, support and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

To see if your street has been impacted and to see when the bins will be emptied, go to https://bit.ly/3gfbixY