‘Jobsworth’ binmen dampen the mood

Peter Duddy with the offending bin.  Picture by Louise Adams C140047-1 Chi Bins
Peter Duddy with the offending bin. Picture by Louise Adams C140047-1 Chi Bins

A DISGRUNTLED resident branded the district council ‘jobsworths’, after binmen refused to take his recycling bin last week.

Peter Duddy, of Cakeham Way, West Wittering, said binmen refused to collect his recycling bin, because some of the paper in it was wet.

“They said it is my responsibility to keep the rubbish dry,” said Mr Duddy.

“What am I supposed to do take it inside the house?

“With the weather we’ve had it was a pathetic excuse.

“I’d understand if it was swimming with water but it was just a bit damp.”

A Chichester District Council spokeswoman responded to the claims, and said: “Unfortunately, if recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and will not be able to be recycled.

“During the process at the Materials Recycling Facility wet paper and cardboard will stick to the machinery and clog up the system.

“Glass will also stick to the wet paper and cardboard meaning the paper and cardboard cannot be recycled.

“We ask all residents to please keep the recycling material dry.”

But Mr Duddy said one of his neighbours had wet cardboard taken away in their bin, the same day as his bin was refused.

What’s more, he claims a council worker suggested he throw the wet paper in with the rubbish.

“If we let them get away with it, then it is only going to get worse,” he said.

Now, the district council has offered to take both his bins this week to compensate for abandoning the recycling bin last week.

“It is bad that they only take the rubbish every two weeks,” said Mr Duddy.

“In the summer you end up with maggots and blue-bottle flies.

“It is a case of falling standards.”

Mr Duddy said this is not the first time he has had a run in with the council over bin collections – they have refused to collect his recycling in the past because there was a small amount of food in the bin.

This comes after a Westbourne resident complained to the Observer in May of last year, when a limp slice of cucumber stood in the way of his weekly bin collection.

The resident, Russ Godfrey, said it was ‘petty and annoying’.