An Auchterarder resident hit out at the council for failing to collect the bins in their neighbourhood recently.

An Auchterarder resident hit out at the council for failing to collect the bins in their neighbourhood recently.

The Times received a call from the resident, who wished to remain anonymous, this week. They claim their bins have not been collected for the past two weeks, and that Perth & Kinross Council’s Waste & Recycling Service refused to uplift the trash until the next scheduled time.

The resident, however, highlighted that the situation would not be so bad if it was not for a new trial, which saw the bins reduced in size by 50 per cent aiming to encourage residents to recycle more. The resident told the Times: “[On Tuesday] they told me they won’t take it till the next uplift, I told them that is not acceptable. The weather was not very good when they were supposed to take the bins, and I was told they did a risk assessment that day concluding that the lorry can’t drive down the street.

“We still have the rubbish two weeks on. Some bins are still out on the street around the neighbourhood.” Perth & Kinross Council issued a statement to the Times apologising to residents and explaining the situation. A spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused by the disruptions to kerbside waste and recycling services due to recent weather conditions, and thank everyone for their patience and support in these difficult circumstances.

“On Wednesday 14 January Perth & Kinross Council was unable to collect waste bins from a number of streets across Perth & Kinross due to the road conditions caused by ice and snow. This affected some householders in the Auchterarder and Aberuthven areas, who were scheduled to have their green-lidded, general waste bins emptied that day.” The resident explained how they were told to simply put the rubbish in black bins and wait for the next scheduled uplift or to take it to the skip. They feel very unhappy about the situation, and questioned what they pay council tax for.

The council spokesperson added: “In keeping with our Severe Weather Service Disruption Procedure, householders were advised to leave their waste bins out for a further two days following the missed collection, and we endeavoured to return for as many bins as possible.

“A refuse collection vehicle was sent to Auchterarder the next day to uplift as many of the missed bins as possible. While this vehicle collected a large number of the missed bins, it wasn’t able to cover all of the properties, normally visited by two separate collection vehicles, and a number of streets also remained inaccessible.

“Affected residents can present their excess general waste for collection by leaving it in bin bags on the kerb with their waste bin on the next scheduled collection date. Should householders wish to dispose of any additional general waste before the next scheduled collection, they should take it to their local Recycling Centre.

“Residents taking part in the Auchterarder and Aberuthven recycling trial area are now able to recycle a wider range of material through the kerbside blue-lidded bin service and should therefore be generating less general waste. The blue-lidded bin collection went ahead as scheduled yesterday (Wednesday 21 January).”