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Residents starts Facebook bin campaign
10:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
THE campaign to bring back weekly bin collections is growing as residents complain of maggot infested bin problems in the summer heat.
A Facebook page calling on Warrington Borough Council to reinstate weekly black bin collections had accumulated almost 1,000 followers in less than two days from its launch on Sunday.
And one family says it has had to take the drastic action of freezing their rubbish which attracts flies and lets maggots breed into their freezer until collection day.
Vinnie Higham, of Windscale Road, Fearnhead, said: “Once a fortnight for our domestic waste to be collected is a complete joke.
“I now have maggots crawling in and around the bin along with the flies and the god awful smell.
“I suppose its my own fault for actually putting waste inside it and not realizing that it would rot over the next two weeks whilst waiting for it to be emptied.
“So now my wife and I have now resorted to putting any waste that would attract these pests into plastic bags and putting it into our freezer until the morning of collection. What a disgrace.”
The Facebook page Bring Back Weekly Collections was started by a mystery residents in the town on Sunday.
And it has attracted attention from residents struggling to cope with their own problems with pictures of rubbish bags with maggots on.
The group heading says: “As a community we are sick of mice, maggots and flies. We recycle, we squash packets and cook from scratch yet still we have vermin in our gardens.
“Lets get back our weekly collections. We don't need to fly swat our lives away because our council is lazy.”
And the page launch comes on the back of a petition started by mum-of-three Zoe Davis who also called for the council to revert back to more regular collections.
The council issued advice for those struggling to cope with the problem of flies and maggots in their rubbish.
Clr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection, said: “Unfortunately during the hot weather at this time of year flies can be attracted to waste and, although rare, maggots may develop.
“There are things all residents can do to prevent flies being attracted to and breeding in bins. All meat, fish and dairy waste should be wrapped and effectively secured - wrapping waste in newspaper and then a supermarket carrier bag provides a very effective barrier.
“Eat, cook and store food properly, or place it wrapped in the bin as soon as possible. Don’t leave food out in the kitchen.
“If you do get maggots you can pour a bleach solution over the contents of your bin. It is important to keep your bin clean and ensure that the lid is always properly closed.”
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