A pensioner refuses to set his alarm clock for 5.30am to put his rubbish out in time for the council’s new early morning refuse collection.
Olav Jorgensen (74), of Clay Drove, West Pinchbeck, didn’t know collection times had changed until Monday when he saw the council refuse truck disappearing from view – having missed his black rubbish bag and a number of others in his road because they weren’t put out in time.
Mr Jorgensen complained and the district council collected his black bag the next day along with several others.
He branded bag collections as “primitive” and “back in the dark ages”, and says South Holland should catch up with the rest of the country and introduce wheelie bins.
Mr Jorgensen said: “We don’t have wheelie bins and, therefore, if we try and put the rubbish bags out overnight the bags will be torn to pieces by birds and rats and this, I maintain, is a public health issue that should not be allowed in the present day.”
The new 6am refuse collection time has put the spotlight on a petition launched to persuade South Holland District Council to introduce wheelie bins.
Deborah Weekes, from Sutton Bridge, and pal Tracey Tugwell, from Lutton, have collected 468 signatures on their online petition, and now they plan to put a paper petition in shops so more people can back their campaign.
Their petition says South Holland is the only district in Lincolnshire without wheelie bins, “having wheelie bins will stop cats and vermin from raiding the rubbish bags” and they will lead to “a cleaner and healthier environment”.
But the council is sticking to the black bags, because that means it can run a weekly service.
A council spokesman said: “Our priority is to continue to provide residents with weekly refuse and recycling collections as opposed to a fortnightly, or even less frequent service involving wheelie bins.
“When putting black bags out for collection we advise residents to keep food waste to a minimum – as animals will be attracted to this. Residents can also ‘double-bag’ sacks if they are concerned about animals ripping them.
“Notice of the new 6am collection time went out to all households with recent Council Tax bills and has also been publicised on our website and by local media.”
Olav Jorgensen, who has complained about his new early morning collection in West Pinchbeck, says keeping food waste to a minimum and double-bagging won’t work because animals will smell any traces of food and still attack the bags.
He left his rubbish out overnight Monday/Tuesday and says it was “attacked by vermin and things were spread across the road”.
Mr Jorgensen says it’s no good leaving rubbish out overnight, but no one is going to get up at the crack of dawn to put their rubbish out.
He said: “Nobody’s going to get up at half-past-five in the morning just to put the garbage out. They are not going to do it.”
Mr Jorgensen said his rubbish used to be collected around 2pm, but he put his black bag out at 8am or 8.15am on Monday and it was too late.
Deborah Weekes told us: “Considering wheelie bins came out in 1986 we are just a little bit behind the times.”
She says most people she’s spoken to complain about plastic sacks being ripped open by animals.
Mrs Weekes claimed: “We have heard of people putting anti-freeze on bin liners to stop them being ripped open, but cats actually like anti-freeze and there have been quite a few feline deaths.”
• The wheelie bins petition link is www.change.org/p/tracey-tugwell-wheelie-bins-for-south-holland-district-council-area