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Councillor complains over X-mas rubbish collections

Regular refuse and recycling collections should occur over the Christmas period, said a Labour Party councillor at Thanet District Council in Kent. Ramsgate-based Thanet District Council operates an alternate weekly collection for over 40,000 householders, taking refuse one week and dry recyclables another week. Thanet District Council Labour Party group leader Richard Nicholson said: Most peoples rubbish collection days fell on holiday days. So some people had to wait at least three weeks for their next collection, not only for waste but for recycling. Most people did not have enough room to put their recycling items into their containers. The council should be sensible and collect things weekly. I accept that on Christmas day people are not going to get the rubbish but the following few days would be handy. I do not think they can be bothered. Sometimes they forget why they are there they are there to serve the public, not for the public to serve them. However, the council has refuted Nicholsons claims and said that the longest waiting period for refuse collections was 18 days. Head of commercial services Mark Seed said: The longest waiting period for collection was 18 days and between those days people would have had some type of rubbish collection. We have a certain amount of resources to collect waste and we are under obligation to be cost-effective. We try to do provide people with the same number of collections that they would normally have had over the Christmas period. We are sensible about the amount of refuse people have across the Christmas period and we do collect any side black bags not left in wheelie bins that we would not normally do. Image: Thanet District Council Labour Party Cllr Richard Nicholson

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