South Holland’s refuse and recycling collectors have been shifting a mountain of waste after residents splashed the cash in a Christmas spending bonanza.
Spalding’s Pinchbeck Road had hundreds of green bags and boxes on the pavement and verge on Monday – with 40 or more stacked up against a high wall outside one house.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for waste management, said crews who would normally expect to finish just after 2pm have been working through to nearly 5pm to clear all the bags.
He said: “Generally volumes are much greater than we anticipated, which is a big surprise of course given that everybody’s short of money. The crews have been a bit surprised, some of them haven’t been finishing until nearly 5pm.”
Coun Gambba-Jones said crews are always given a full day’s work and often speed through it to finish early, but this hasn’t been possible with the sheer volume of bags.
One Gedney resident told us numerous black bags containing food and other waste have been left outside with the village’s Christmas Day (Wednesday) collection shifting to Saturday.
He said: “About half the village hasn’t had their bags picked up.”
Coun Gambba-Jones said the authority wasn’t aware of any problems in Gedney – and no one from the village had contacted the council to complain. He suspects people who had bags still outside had put them out after the council’s 7am deadline.
• Police are warning residents their Christmas rubbish could make them a target for burglars and say boxes that contained expensive items should go out in ‘nondescript bags’.