A disabled Hailsham resident says said he will be dumping his garden waste outside council offices after waiting seven weeks for it to be collected.
Roy Scarborough has an assisted collection, and leaves the bin inside his garden gate.
But the 74-year-old, of Station Road, said despite phone calls and several visits to the Wealden District Council offices in Vicarage Lane and promises it would be taken it has still be sitting there weeks later.
He said he made after making phone calls he went to the council offices but to no avail.
He added, “I saw a bin man on one of the days and he said ‘we don’t do that’ and the lorry behind would. I said OK and spoke to the next person and he said. ‘that’s not our remit’.
“I’ve told the council if it’s not collected by the end of Friday I’ll dump it on their doorstep.” A number of residents in Wealden and Eastbourne have been in touch with the Gazette to report problems since the new waste and recycling scheme came in to force at the end of July. The project involves four local authorities - Eastbourne Borough Council, Wealden District Council, Rother District Council and Hastings Borough Council - and has been introduced in a bid to save money and provide better roadside collections.
Last week Eastbourne Borough Council said it had collected 98 per cent of bins on time and without problem since the scheme got underway. But Wealden resident Mr Scarborough, who has heart problems, added, “I’m liable to catch anything going so for this bin to be sitting there for seven weeks is not good news.
“It’s got me down. Before the changes everything was fine.”
A joint statment from Wealden District Council and Kier said, “Kier has collected Mr Scarborough’s bin today (19 August) and contacted him to apologise for his experience. Changes to waste and recycling services are always challenging as crews familiarise themselves with new collection rounds and the locations of individual properties, particularly in rural areas. Residents are also getting used both to new collection days and a new collection system, which involves different materials in new bins.
“While the majority of residents received collections on the right day, Wealden District Council and Kier accept that too many residents have not received a collection when they were due.”