Buchan man left fuming at ‘Shire council

What a load of rubbish: Mr Urquhart was disappointed with the council after they left this small amount of waste in a neighbour's waste.
What a load of rubbish: Mr Urquhart was disappointed with the council after they left this small amount of waste in a neighbour's waste.

A BUCHAN man was left furious last week after Aberdeenshire Council’s waste services refused to empty his neighbour’s bin.

Bill Urquhart, of Slains Court, couldn’t believe the poor service provided by the council and feels they should re-look their current waste collection strategy.

Last Tuesday, like any other bin day, Mr Uruqhart put his bin out to be collected along with his neighbours bin, a routine which has had no problems in 28 years. However, when his wife went to take the bins she noticed one remained unemptied.

Mr Urquhart explained: “For 28 years now, my wife and I have had the same neighbour, and every bin day - whoever is up first - one of us will take the bins out and place them on either side of my gate.

“However, when my wife went out to take the bins in, she discovered that our neighbours still had waste in it and a sticker had been placed on top reading ‘One Household, One Bin’.”

Furious at the council and their services, Mr Urquhart made a phonecall to them explaining the situation, the council told him that every household which had a second bin would have one with a purple lid, and that they would return to empty the bin.

“They weren’t really listening to my complaint,” he said.

“The fact, is there were 11 bins nearby, with no house numbers or no stickers, so it seems like the bin men simply decided that we had two bins. It’s as if the binmen were being discriminative against who’s bin they will and won’t empty. It’s stupid that we pay council tax for these services and they have the right to make the decision.

“The most annoying thing is that our neighbour had approximately 3 carrier bags of waste in the bottom of her bin, she lives herself, and over two weeks, this is hardly any rubbish.

“It’s unfortunate really because we’ve always tried to make things easier for the binmen by having the handles facing out the way and keeping them reasonably close together, if they want to make life harder for themselves they are certainly going the right way about it.”

A spokeswoman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “We apologise for the bin collection being missed in this case, and will return to collect the waste as quickly as possible.”