Tempers flare after rubbish left uncollected...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:08 AM

Shepway Council has again repeated its message to residents that it will not collect rubbish left in bags next to wheelie bins after a householder allegedly assaulted a Cleanaway worker.

The incident happened in Mill Road, Lydd, on Monday (10 March) after side refuse was left uncollected. A woman placed the rubbish bags in her car and drove after the refuse truck. A man then followed and allegedly assaulted a Cleanaway worker.

A council spokesman said: “It was unforgivable behaviour directed against someone who was only trying to do their job.�

Cllr George Bunting, the Council’s Environment Secretary, said the Council had to meet tough recycling targets set by the government and everyone had a role to play in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill sites.

“I am sure we could recycle more if we took a close look at what we throw away in our wheeled bins. The Council can offer help and advice to anyone who wants to reduce the amount they send to landfill sites but who is unsure of exactly how to go about it.�

Lydd Station Sergeant: Sergeant Mark Farnell said: "The Cleanaway worker was doing his job when he was allegedly assaulted. The police will always investigate allegations of that nature and take them seriously."