Five weeks and counting - rubbish still waiting for collection in Harpenden

First published in News

SOME residents living in Harpenden have not had their recyclable rubbish collected for as long as five weeks.

Meanwhile it is understood that normal household waste in some areas has not been emptied for three weeks.

St Albans District Council has blamed the snow and icy conditions but residents say they want to know if the council is prepared to break its own rules and clear excess waste which currently lines the roads in some areas of the district.

This morning Review editor Martin Buhagiar was interviewed by radio presenter Nick Ferrari on LBC's breakfast show.

He said: "Readers have contacted us to ask us what is going on and we are trying to find out.

"The snow has played its part and we understand that, but five weeks really is the limit."

It is understood that St Albans District Council refused to join Martin on the show.

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9:08am Tue 12 Jan 10

BillyBatford says...

Well my recyclable rubbish has just been collected 10 minutes ago and 1 day late.

In addition advice regarding collections and the weather is clearly explained on both SADC and the contractors website.

Given that we're being told by the press and everybody else that this is the worst winter for 30 years, I think that is pretty good response.

This probably explains why SADC felt it could find better things to do than waste time travelling into London to turn up at the LBC's studio.

I notice that this story doesn't list it's author - perhaps it's been wriiten by that famed Old Hack, Phil Space!
Well my recyclable rubbish has just been collected 10 minutes ago and 1 day late. In addition advice regarding collections and the weather is clearly explained on both SADC and the contractors website. Given that we're being told by the press and everybody else that this is the worst winter for 30 years, I think that is pretty good response. This probably explains why SADC felt it could find better things to do than waste time travelling into London to turn up at the LBC's studio. I notice that this story doesn't list it's author - perhaps it's been wriiten by that famed Old Hack, Phil Space! BillyBatford
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9:43am Tue 12 Jan 10

Bradley in the Abbey says...

Well some in Harpenden have gone five weeks without collection Billy, do you think that is acceptable? Do you really believe people travel to LBC to go in the studio or do you think they talk over the telephone? Either way SADC should have given the public a reason for the delyas.
Well some in Harpenden have gone five weeks without collection Billy, do you think that is acceptable? Do you really believe people travel to LBC to go in the studio or do you think they talk over the telephone? Either way SADC should have given the public a reason for the delyas. Bradley in the Abbey
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10:39am Tue 12 Jan 10

BillyBatford says...

I think it is understandable in the circumstances and as I said advice has been given by SADC and the contractor.

Perhaps if people really are concerned, they should phone the council organ-grinder, not media monkey, for an answers.

As the for the reason for the delays, I suggest people take a look out of their windows at the weather and roads.
I think it is understandable in the circumstances and as I said advice has been given by SADC and the contractor. Perhaps if people really are concerned, they should phone the council organ-grinder, not media monkey, for an answers. As the for the reason for the delays, I suggest people take a look out of their windows at the weather and roads. BillyBatford
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11:23am Tue 12 Jan 10

FatBob says...

Spot on Billy Batford. I saw a couple of articulate Harpenden ladies on the TV news last night, the types who would have high speed internet access and could have informed themselves what's going on (or not going on) via the council's website, whose households seemed to have aggravated the ice and snow problems and general access difficulties by lining up their bins and piling their bags of rubbish all over the pathways, maybe it's a way of demonstrating Christmas extravagance?

I noticed also Councillor Churchyard on TV last night pictured at a waste depot claiming that because one of the contractor's operatives broke his leg last week it was too risky for the crews to go out to do their job. I notice supermarket delivery vans, skip hire grabber vehicles, plumbers, electricians etc., seem to have no difficulty getting around doing essential work (i.e. for profit) so it looks as if the unions have a stranglehold on the council's contractor Enterprise, in which case where's the benefit in privatising the refuse collection service?
Spot on Billy Batford. I saw a couple of articulate Harpenden ladies on the TV news last night, the types who would have high speed internet access and could have informed themselves what's going on (or not going on) via the council's website, whose households seemed to have aggravated the ice and snow problems and general access difficulties by lining up their bins and piling their bags of rubbish all over the pathways, maybe it's a way of demonstrating Christmas extravagance? I noticed also Councillor Churchyard on TV last night pictured at a waste depot claiming that because one of the contractor's operatives broke his leg last week it was too risky for the crews to go out to do their job. I notice supermarket delivery vans, skip hire grabber vehicles, plumbers, electricians etc., seem to have no difficulty getting around doing essential work (i.e. for profit) so it looks as if the unions have a stranglehold on the council's contractor Enterprise, in which case where's the benefit in privatising the refuse collection service? FatBob
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5:40pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Vanessa says...

Our rubbish and recycling material has been collected either on or very near to the planned Christmas collection dates. Perhaps we were lucky as our collection dates seemed to coincide with slight breaks in the weather.

I do have sympathy with those who have not been so lucky. I believe the problem has been exacerbated by the introduction of the blasted wheelie bins and the biweekly collections.

Sadly I can’t see any politician promising reinstatement of weekly collections as the cost, in these straitened times, would be too high.
Our rubbish and recycling material has been collected either on or very near to the planned Christmas collection dates. Perhaps we were lucky as our collection dates seemed to coincide with slight breaks in the weather. I do have sympathy with those who have not been so lucky. I believe the problem has been exacerbated by the introduction of the blasted wheelie bins and the biweekly collections. Sadly I can’t see any politician promising reinstatement of weekly collections as the cost, in these straitened times, would be too high. Vanessa
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2:28pm Fri 15 Jan 10

julieafc says...

Just to make a coment on your front story 'uncollected bins' The man who lives in Cravells road is lucky his house hold waste bins were emptied over New Year. Nothing in my road in St.Albans has been collected since the first week in december. So thats all food, bottles, cardboard, cans, newspaper, for well over six weeks and all the things you put in your bin from the Christmas period. What really gets me is the paper boys & girls, postmen and the milkmen all have to walk up our paths which are slippery and not ideal manage to yet the bin men who have are bins neatly left at our BOUNDARY for them cant come for 6weeks. As i am writing this they have just been and collected the black wheelie woop woop but nothing else that is there overflowing. We also had a burst pipe in road with water bursting out running down the road freezing it plus with the snow conditions were bad but guess what Balfour Beattys big lorries 3 of them came every day and fix it they managed to come down our road and there the same size as the rubbish trucks and ive manage to go 3 times from my house with rubbish to the depot odd it must be a lottery or its down to what your post code is.
Just to make a coment on your front story 'uncollected bins' The man who lives in Cravells road is lucky his house hold waste bins were emptied over New Year. Nothing in my road in St.Albans has been collected since the first week in december. So thats all food, bottles, cardboard, cans, newspaper, for well over six weeks and all the things you put in your bin from the Christmas period. What really gets me is the paper boys & girls, postmen and the milkmen all have to walk up our paths which are slippery and not ideal manage to yet the bin men who have are bins neatly left at our BOUNDARY for them cant come for 6weeks. As i am writing this they have just been and collected the black wheelie woop woop but nothing else that is there overflowing. We also had a burst pipe in road with water bursting out running down the road freezing it plus with the snow conditions were bad but guess what Balfour Beattys big lorries 3 of them came every day and fix it they managed to come down our road and there the same size as the rubbish trucks and ive manage to go 3 times from my house with rubbish to the depot odd it must be a lottery or its down to what your post code is. julieafc
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