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Britain’s streets pile high with Christmas rubbish and bottle banks overflow after New Year’s Eve 

Mountains of rubbish that were left to pile up on Britain’s streets over Christmas have now been made even worse after New Year’s Eve celebrations have caused bottle banks to overflow.  

Families in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, are facing four weeks without having their recycling waste collected with bottle banks in Ellesmere Port and Chester, Cheshire, now also overflowing. 

Councils have blamed ‘staff sickness and absence’ for the failure to collect residents’ rubbish over the festive period.

Mountains of rubbish that were left to pile up on Britain's streets over Christmas have now been made even worse after New Year's Eve celebrations have caused bottle banks to overflow. Pictured: Rubbish on a street in Balsall Heath, Birmingham

Mountains of rubbish that were left to pile up on Britain’s streets over Christmas have now been made even worse after New Year’s Eve celebrations have caused bottle banks to overflow. Pictured: Rubbish on a street in Balsall Heath, Birmingham

Bottle bank at Sainsbury's in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

Bottle bank at Morrisons in Chester, Cheshire

Bottle banks at Sainsbury’s in Ellesmere Port (left) and Morrisons in Chester (right), Cheshire, are also now overflowing

In Birmingham, residents are still battling with post-Christmas rubbish after the scheduled collection date on Monday, December 30 was missed. 

Some households will now be forced to go four weeks without a recycling collection with many New Year’s Day collections also being re-arranged and postponed.

One man who lives in Balsall Heath claims he had already seen rats chewing waste from split bin bags.

He said: ‘It’s an absolute disgrace that once again people in Birmingham are not having their rubbish collected.

In Birmingham, residents are still battling with post-Christmas rubbish after the scheduled collection date on Monday, December 30 was missed

In Birmingham, residents are still battling with post-Christmas rubbish after the scheduled collection date on Monday, December 30 was missed

Rubbish continues to go uncollected on the streets in Birmingham

Trolleys were left at recycling points in Cheshire laden with cardboard beer boxes

Rubbish continues to go uncollected on the streets in Birmingham (left) as trolleys were left at recycling points in Cheshire laden with cardboard beer boxes (right)

Birmingham City Council took to social media to blame staff sickness and absence for the missed pick-ups. Pictured: Residential street in Balsall Heath, Birmingham

Birmingham City Council took to social media to blame staff sickness and absence for the missed pick-ups. Pictured: Residential street in Balsall Heath, Birmingham 

‘I walked outside yesterday and saw two large rats chewing at a meat carcass that had spilled out of an over-filled bin bag.

‘It was like this when the bin men went on strike and now we’re being told they had to reduce collections due to staff illness.

‘How convenient that so many staff go down with a bug over Christmas. It’s disgusting.’

Another resident from Sparkbrook, just one mile from Balsall Heath, said that two large bins were overflowing to such an extent that it had created a grotesque arch of bursting black bags.

She said: ‘It’s a seriously grim sight at this time of year.

‘I refuse to let my children play outside in case they get bitten by vermin or fall over the piles of rubbish. The council are hopeless.’

One man who lives in Balsall Heath claims he had already seen rats chewing waste from split bin bags

One man who lives in Balsall Heath claims he had already seen rats chewing waste from split bin bags

Another resident in Birmingham said that two large bins were overflowing to such an extent that it had created a grotesque arch of bursting black bags

Another resident in Birmingham said that two large bins were overflowing to such an extent that it had created a grotesque arch of bursting black bags

Birmingham City Council took to social media to blame staff sickness and absence for the missed pick-ups.

The authority posted a tweet which read: ‘Due to staff sickness/absence some bin rounds not completed today – apologies if yours was missed.

‘Please leave bins out. If not collected within 48hrs, take back in until next scheduled collection.’

Birmingham City Council later encouraged residents to take their waste to the rubbish tip themselves which caused long delays at recycling plants

Birmingham City Council later encouraged residents to take their waste to the rubbish tip themselves which caused long delays at recycling plants

Frustrated residents took to social media to demand a better service. Pictured: Residential street in Birmingham

Frustrated residents took to social media to demand a better service. Pictured: Residential street in Birmingham

But this was met with an angry response by residents who demanded a better service. 

One user, @IainMGrant, replied: ‘Just seen that you don’t intend to collect our recycling until January 10. 

‘Why is Birmingham City Council only collecting recycling once a month?’

Another, @Hexcaliber, wrote: ‘You missed other collections too, our bins were already full prior to Christmas. A complete farce.’ 

Birmingham City Council later encouraged residents to take their waste to the rubbish tip themselves. 

It wrote: ‘Planning a trip to the tip? We know some sites have been busy post-Christmas. 

‘Our five household recycling centres are open daily this week (proof of Birmingham residence is required).’

But residents were once again left disgruntled after having to sit in queues for up to half an hour just to be able to get inside the plant. 

Residents were once again left disgruntled after having to sit in queues for up to half an hour just to be able to get inside the recycling plants

Residents were once again left disgruntled after having to sit in queues for up to half an hour just to be able to get inside the recycling plants

These are just the latest in a long-line of contentions over Birmingham’s waste collection system.

Around 350 binmen, who are part of the Unite union, went on strike in February 2019 in an escalating dispute over pay. 

It stemmed from claims that those who took part in an original period of walkouts over three months in 2017 had been ‘blacklisted’ and that those who had not had received extra payments.  

Birmingham City Council and the Cheshire Councils have been contacted for comment. 

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