CARELESS refuse collectors are turning a Wigan street into an eyesore and leaving rubbish strewn all over the road when waste is picked up, according to frustrated residents.
People living in Kimberley Street, in Springfield, say the area has regularly been left with rubbish, including plastic bottles and milk cartons, all over the road and pavement and not being picked up by the collection teams.
They say the situation was particularly bad after the blue bin collection last week, which left shredded paper all over the road, and also complain that bins are not put back in front of their owners’ houses but are merely left in a large cluster at the end of the street.
The residents are angry that the refuse collectors have not made more effort to keep the areas they are visiting tidy, and say elderly people have had to go out into the street and pick up the litter left behind after the bin wagon has been.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “The refuse collectors emptying the blue bins have left a mess, with bins all over the place and shredded paper in the street, and with it being a windy and wet day when they came it all either stuck to the street or was blowing around everywhere.
“It’s the same for the brown bin collections, when there’s empty pop bottles and cartons in the street. Anything that’s surplus or falls out just gets left.
“There’s a lot of old people in the street who’ve probably lived here for 30 or 40 years and care about where they live.
“It’s wrong that people in their 70s and 80s have to go out and tidy up the rubbish that’s left when there’s a group of young men doing the collections. There’s also a couple of neighbours who are convinced they’ve seen rats in the area.”
Philippa Hurst, waste collection manager at Wigan Council, said: “We collect more than 99 per cent of bins from households across the borough without incident, but very occasionally, problems can arise.
“Our street cleansing section will deal with significant litter issues and spillages, for example, where excess waste has been left by residents, where animals have torn bags or when waste has escaped by bins blowing over.
“It is standard procedure for our crews to deal with spillages on site or to inform the supervisor of any issues. We apologise that this didn’t happen on this occasion.”