Bexley binmen hit out at increasing rubbish rage incidents following 'one bin policy'

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Bexley binmen are speaking out against the increasing rubbish rage they claim they are experiencing on their rounds.

They claim they are experiencing violent threats regularly each month from the public across the borough.

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News Shopper had planned to bring you photos of the binmen who contacted us.

Unfortunately after speaking to us, Serco asked them to sign a document banning them from being pictured in the press and speaking further.

Lee Henderson, 34, was allegedly grabbed by the scruff of his shirt on January 31 in The Nursery, Erith when he and colleague, Peter Marples, 51, said he had been threatened with stabbing on numerous occasions.

The pair told News Shopper the anti-social behaviour has increased in the last five years since Bexley Council created a policy where each household could only one rubbish bin.

Now they say thay are starting to fear for their lives just by doing their jobs.

'People have threatened to stab me'

Mr Marples said: "I’ve been doing this job for 25 years and now there are days when I just don’t want to go in because the public are so aggressive.

"It happens two or three times a month and it’s definitely getting worse.

"People have threatened to stab me if I don’t collect all their dustbins even though the council says we can only collect one.

"It can be really frightening but I’m not trained up for any other job so I can’t just leave it.

"I think it’s partly because we have such a tight schedule we’re not able to talk to members of the public and explain why we can only accept one bin or park in certain places."

'Grabbed by the scruff of my shirt'

Lee Henderson, 33, added: "A few weeks ago in Erith I was grabbed by the scruff of my shirt by a really big guy and swung around.

"He was spitting and swearing at me.

"We had parked in a really narrow road so traffic could only get through one way, we told him we’d only be a few minutes but he said he couldn’t wait that long.

"We reported it to the police. It was really frightening.

"It definitely makes our jobs a lot harder.

"I've been doing this job for 15 years and the problem is definitely getting worse."

Serco response

News Shopper: Bexley binmen hit out at increasing rubbish rage

Serco’s partnership director Tim Guile said: “The safety of our staff is always our top priority. 

“We encourage our people to report any incidents of assault or abuse and whilst these are rare we take each and every one of them extremely seriously and act accordingly.”

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12:15pm Wed 26 Feb 14

highway warrior says...

There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins!
There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins! highway warrior
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

This is how the system operates, you complain then join the dole queue as there's plenty of people willing to do the job no matter what and follow STATUTE, POLICY.
This is how the system operates, you complain then join the dole queue as there's plenty of people willing to do the job no matter what and follow STATUTE, POLICY. white rabbit9
  • Score: 10

1:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mddbex82 says...

highway warrior wrote:
There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins!
This is BS. I have a family of 5 and even though we recycle properly one bin is frequently not enough. And did bexley council offer us any discount on our council tax as a result of only one bin being taken? No.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins![/p][/quote]This is BS. I have a family of 5 and even though we recycle properly one bin is frequently not enough. And did bexley council offer us any discount on our council tax as a result of only one bin being taken? No. mddbex82
  • Score: 26

1:48pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Wiff180 says...

Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something
Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something Wiff180
  • Score: -4

2:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Wiff180 wrote:
Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something
And what are the police supposed to do? This is upto the councils as it's not a police matter, I pay the police to protect me from violence not rubbish. Learn legal/lawfully. So many people running to the police over civil matters which are contract that don't even exist.
[quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something[/p][/quote]And what are the police supposed to do? This is upto the councils as it's not a police matter, I pay the police to protect me from violence not rubbish. Learn legal/lawfully. So many people running to the police over civil matters which are contract that don't even exist. white rabbit9
  • Score: 18

2:27pm Wed 26 Feb 14

claires01 says...

What about when the bin men are rude to residents. They failed to empty our brown compost bin and when I called the guy back i got hurled abuse and called a dirty slag, simply for asking them to actually do their job. This was reported to the council and apparently escalated however i am still awaiting an apology.
What about when the bin men are rude to residents. They failed to empty our brown compost bin and when I called the guy back i got hurled abuse and called a dirty slag, simply for asking them to actually do their job. This was reported to the council and apparently escalated however i am still awaiting an apology. claires01
  • Score: 31

2:30pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Burntout says...

While I fully think it is a duty of the police to ensure all can go about there lawfull work without the threat of violence (that is a police matter not a council one) I sympathize with larger families. Fortunately I live in Bromley but with five chidren you can imagine that there is more than one bin for the fortnightly collection for the seven of us, and if we're away for a couple of days and so can't put our bin out it would be imposssible for 7 people not to overflow one bin over four weeks, no matter how much can go in the recycling bins.
While I fully think it is a duty of the police to ensure all can go about there lawfull work without the threat of violence (that is a police matter not a council one) I sympathize with larger families. Fortunately I live in Bromley but with five chidren you can imagine that there is more than one bin for the fortnightly collection for the seven of us, and if we're away for a couple of days and so can't put our bin out it would be imposssible for 7 people not to overflow one bin over four weeks, no matter how much can go in the recycling bins. Burntout
  • Score: 15

2:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

alexianson94 says...

No matter how frustrated you are at the council's decisions, it is completely uncalled for to harm innocent workers or even threaten to do so, they can literally do nothing about it. Talk to your council about it. Don't go around beating up the workers, that seems like a rather barbarian and faulty method of getting what you want.
No matter how frustrated you are at the council's decisions, it is completely uncalled for to harm innocent workers or even threaten to do so, they can literally do nothing about it. Talk to your council about it. Don't go around beating up the workers, that seems like a rather barbarian and faulty method of getting what you want. alexianson94
  • Score: -64

3:36pm Wed 26 Feb 14

bojimbo26 says...

Problem is most people don't crush their rubbish down - providing it can be crushed .
Problem is most people don't crush their rubbish down - providing it can be crushed . bojimbo26
  • Score: 11

3:56pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Aryldi says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Wiff180 wrote:
Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something
And what are the police supposed to do? This is upto the councils as it's not a police matter, I pay the police to protect me from violence not rubbish. Learn legal/lawfully. So many people running to the police over civil matters which are contract that don't even exist.
Actually, violence is just what the Police are there to protect us against. I disagee strongly with the one bin policy, but this is not the fault of the bin men. There is no excuse for physically or verbally abusing them and they have every right to expect the support and protection of the Police when they are attacked.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something[/p][/quote]And what are the police supposed to do? This is upto the councils as it's not a police matter, I pay the police to protect me from violence not rubbish. Learn legal/lawfully. So many people running to the police over civil matters which are contract that don't even exist.[/p][/quote]Actually, violence is just what the Police are there to protect us against. I disagee strongly with the one bin policy, but this is not the fault of the bin men. There is no excuse for physically or verbally abusing them and they have every right to expect the support and protection of the Police when they are attacked. Aryldi
  • Score: 10

4:01pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Aryldi says...

highway warrior wrote:
There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins!
I agree with the first part of your statement - there is no excuse for abusing people for doing their job and briefly delaying the traffic.

I disagree with the second part. There are things that is is impossible to recycle - like nappies and cat litter. Bexley offers great recycling facilities, but there are plenty of things that are not yet recyclable. There is also the comparative volume of waste generated by a large family against a single person. The large bins are not large enough to take nappies plus ordinary waste from 2 weeks - and the stench is overwhelming. Bexley need to revisit their waste collection policies to ensure that they match the real world.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins![/p][/quote]I agree with the first part of your statement - there is no excuse for abusing people for doing their job and briefly delaying the traffic. I disagree with the second part. There are things that is is impossible to recycle - like nappies and cat litter. Bexley offers great recycling facilities, but there are plenty of things that are not yet recyclable. There is also the comparative volume of waste generated by a large family against a single person. The large bins are not large enough to take nappies plus ordinary waste from 2 weeks - and the stench is overwhelming. Bexley need to revisit their waste collection policies to ensure that they match the real world. Aryldi
  • Score: 6

4:31pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

claires01 wrote:
What about when the bin men are rude to residents. They failed to empty our brown compost bin and when I called the guy back i got hurled abuse and called a dirty slag, simply for asking them to actually do their job. This was reported to the council and apparently escalated however i am still awaiting an apology.
I know a collection person (long story) but he got spat at for just doing his job. So it goes both ways.
[quote][p][bold]claires01[/bold] wrote: What about when the bin men are rude to residents. They failed to empty our brown compost bin and when I called the guy back i got hurled abuse and called a dirty slag, simply for asking them to actually do their job. This was reported to the council and apparently escalated however i am still awaiting an apology.[/p][/quote]I know a collection person (long story) but he got spat at for just doing his job. So it goes both ways. white rabbit9
  • Score: 9

4:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Got a strange feeling this could be agenda 21 at work. The crazies (government/bankers) want to reduce all bin waste.

It's got something to do with AGENDA 21

http://www.solarnavi
gator.net/waste_recy
cling.htm

Don't get worried global de-population doesn't mean you. (sniggers)
Got a strange feeling this could be agenda 21 at work. The crazies (government/bankers) want to reduce all bin waste. It's got something to do with AGENDA 21 http://www.solarnavi gator.net/waste_recy cling.htm Don't get worried global de-population doesn't mean you. (sniggers) white rabbit9
  • Score: 7

5:05pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

I always give the boys a bung, nice extree one at Christmas.

Happy Days. Cash talks.
I always give the boys a bung, nice extree one at Christmas. Happy Days. Cash talks. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -30

5:25pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

http://www.gdrc.org/
uem/la21/la21.html

Look at what cities are on there and soon even more on board, probably under the radar.
--------------------
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I always give the boys a bung, nice extree one at Christmas.

They get plenty of extra's when their out and about.
http://www.gdrc.org/ uem/la21/la21.html Look at what cities are on there and soon even more on board, probably under the radar. -------------------- -- I always give the boys a bung, nice extree one at Christmas. They get plenty of extra's when their out and about. white rabbit9
  • Score: 7

7:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ADDIKS181 says...

All very interesting. Firstly, the Bin men really do not help themselves, frequently sitting in the middle of the road stopping traffic getting by, when there is a perfectly good space nearby. I see this time and time again and it is selfish and irritating and really not terribly difficult to remedy. Bexleys refuse collectors are also not too great at collecting bins! I now have the refuse department s direct number on speed dial. It isn't rocket science, and these 2 issues mean that Bin men are some of my least favourite individuals. However, that does not mean that you can go battering them each time a bin man hogs the road to himself or misses a bin. As far as having more than 1 bin is concerned, we are a family of 4, though you would think we were 6 the way my eldest eats, and we struggle to fill our general waste bin each fortnight. Bexley Council have increased the types of plastic that can be recycled, so you can one red box virtually all plastics. The issue here appears to be the need to educate the half whits who's first thought to deal with any problem is with their fists. We all know the type, those that think recycling is using a bike more than twice! If they abuse the bin men because they are too dense to recognise the difference between the cardboard and a skateboard, ban their collections.
All very interesting. Firstly, the Bin men really do not help themselves, frequently sitting in the middle of the road stopping traffic getting by, when there is a perfectly good space nearby. I see this time and time again and it is selfish and irritating and really not terribly difficult to remedy. Bexleys refuse collectors are also not too great at collecting bins! I now have the refuse department s direct number on speed dial. It isn't rocket science, and these 2 issues mean that Bin men are some of my least favourite individuals. However, that does not mean that you can go battering them each time a bin man hogs the road to himself or misses a bin. As far as having more than 1 bin is concerned, we are a family of 4, though you would think we were 6 the way my eldest eats, and we struggle to fill our general waste bin each fortnight. Bexley Council have increased the types of plastic that can be recycled, so you can one red box virtually all plastics. The issue here appears to be the need to educate the half whits who's first thought to deal with any problem is with their fists. We all know the type, those that think recycling is using a bike more than twice! If they abuse the bin men because they are too dense to recognise the difference between the cardboard and a skateboard, ban their collections. ADDIKS181
  • Score: 8

8:56pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

You try doing there job! what, you to clever to be a bin man? Doing a job like that, as my grandad did, and we are talking 'blisters on hands' because in them days you had to lift the bin up over the shoulder. Now the bin man has to deal with so many rules that even half the time I can't be bothered to get it right all the time. Years ago everything was in one bin, now look at the boxes we have to recycle. AGENDA 21 is actually saying that due course their will be no waste as it will all be recyclable. The council are going to employ people to go around and check bins and fine people for putting waste into the wrong bins, watch this space. This is the start of AGENDA 21, it's down hill from here. And if you think these 'council checker' only target the poor, they target YOU!
There was a fine for not putting your bin out in the right place, would you pay it? If people stood together and everyone put there bins in the wrong place the system would fall apart.
You try doing there job! what, you to clever to be a bin man? Doing a job like that, as my grandad did, and we are talking 'blisters on hands' because in them days you had to lift the bin up over the shoulder. Now the bin man has to deal with so many rules that even half the time I can't be bothered to get it right all the time. Years ago everything was in one bin, now look at the boxes we have to recycle. AGENDA 21 is actually saying that due course their will be no waste as it will all be recyclable. The council are going to employ people to go around and check bins and fine people for putting waste into the wrong bins, watch this space. This is the start of AGENDA 21, it's down hill from here. And if you think these 'council checker' only target the poor, they target YOU! There was a fine for not putting your bin out in the right place, would you pay it? If people stood together and everyone put there bins in the wrong place the system would fall apart. white rabbit9
  • Score: 13

9:46pm Wed 26 Feb 14

budgelb says...

I have 3 young children including a 1 year old in disposable nappies and have never had a problem getting all my rubbish in the bin, even when the oldest 2 were both in nappies. But regardless, whatever the views about how the bins are collected there is no excuse for verbally or physically abusing people who are only doing their job!!
I have 3 young children including a 1 year old in disposable nappies and have never had a problem getting all my rubbish in the bin, even when the oldest 2 were both in nappies. But regardless, whatever the views about how the bins are collected there is no excuse for verbally or physically abusing people who are only doing their job!! budgelb
  • Score: 4

11:08pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

whatever the views about how the bins are collected there is no excuse for verbally or physically abusing people who are only doing their job!!

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I hope we are only talking about bin men. I mean just doing there job?, very ambiguous, I mean only doing there job equates to the government, via the bankers taking people's rights away. 'Just doing my job taking away your rights away, HEY just doing my job! I have to kill you, JUST DOING MY JOB"!!!! This is how America is run ATM, check it out, and is coming here, very soooooon.
whatever the views about how the bins are collected there is no excuse for verbally or physically abusing people who are only doing their job!! ------------ I hope we are only talking about bin men. I mean just doing there job?, very ambiguous, I mean only doing there job equates to the government, via the bankers taking people's rights away. 'Just doing my job taking away your rights away, HEY just doing my job! I have to kill you, JUST DOING MY JOB"!!!! This is how America is run ATM, check it out, and is coming here, very soooooon. white rabbit9
  • Score: 41

12:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

ISaidThis says...

It's not the bin men's fault that Serco only collect a bin every fortnight. Tim Guile is the guy responsible. The NS have even published a picture of him to help.
It's not the bin men's fault that Serco only collect a bin every fortnight. Tim Guile is the guy responsible. The NS have even published a picture of him to help. ISaidThis
  • Score: 5

11:27am Thu 27 Feb 14

kentlad says...

Bromley borough also have a collection every two weeks we recycle everything possible and educate our kids to do the same however, one bin is not enough. Our recycle bins are full days before the collection and personally I don’t think they are big enough. When I complained to the council and asked if there were bigger recycle bins their answer was no due to health and safety and their advice regarding too much recycling was to personally take it to my dearest recycling unit. **** take...... I pay my council tax and expect the local council to supply me with a good service why should I waste my own time and money disposing my waste when I already pay for this service!!!!
Bromley borough also have a collection every two weeks we recycle everything possible and educate our kids to do the same however, one bin is not enough. Our recycle bins are full days before the collection and personally I don’t think they are big enough. When I complained to the council and asked if there were bigger recycle bins their answer was no due to health and safety and their advice regarding too much recycling was to personally take it to my dearest recycling unit. **** take...... I pay my council tax and expect the local council to supply me with a good service why should I waste my own time and money disposing my waste when I already pay for this service!!!! kentlad
  • Score: 36

12:15pm Thu 27 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

ISaidThis wrote:
It's not the bin men's fault that Serco only collect a bin every fortnight. Tim Guile is the guy responsible. The NS have even published a picture of him to help.
http://idk5536.wordp
ress.com/2013/07/08/
omg-serco-wins-bid-f
or-obamacare-contrac
t-wake-up/

SERCO is this the same serco? EVIL !
[quote][p][bold]ISaidThis[/bold] wrote: It's not the bin men's fault that Serco only collect a bin every fortnight. Tim Guile is the guy responsible. The NS have even published a picture of him to help.[/p][/quote]http://idk5536.wordp ress.com/2013/07/08/ omg-serco-wins-bid-f or-obamacare-contrac t-wake-up/ SERCO is this the same serco? EVIL ! white rabbit9
  • Score: 8

12:27pm Thu 27 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=sqF-ZiVE
IqQ

SERCO own everything, they don't care. AGENDA 21 is full steam ahead.
https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=sqF-ZiVE IqQ SERCO own everything, they don't care. AGENDA 21 is full steam ahead. white rabbit9
  • Score: 6

12:33pm Thu 27 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

http://materread.wor
dpress.com/category/
agenda-21/

SERCO, just read all that /\
http://materread.wor dpress.com/category/ agenda-21/ SERCO, just read all that /\ white rabbit9
  • Score: 3

12:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

DinoFish says...

Not acceptable behaviour to abuse these guys. The vast majority are helpful and curteous and do a job most of us wouldn't.

All everybody need do is put your Bins out in the right place on the right day, and slip the Binmen an Xmas card. So pretty much the same as the last 70-odd years.
Not acceptable behaviour to abuse these guys. The vast majority are helpful and curteous and do a job most of us wouldn't. All everybody need do is put your Bins out in the right place on the right day, and slip the Binmen an Xmas card. So pretty much the same as the last 70-odd years. DinoFish
  • Score: -5

1:46pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Slonik says...

kentlad wrote:
Bromley borough also have a collection every two weeks we recycle everything possible and educate our kids to do the same however, one bin is not enough. Our recycle bins are full days before the collection and personally I don’t think they are big enough. When I complained to the council and asked if there were bigger recycle bins their answer was no due to health and safety and their advice regarding too much recycling was to personally take it to my dearest recycling unit. **** take...... I pay my council tax and expect the local council to supply me with a good service why should I waste my own time and money disposing my waste when I already pay for this service!!!!
When we had the same problem with our green general recycling bin being too small we contacted Bromley and were given a second. These get emptied every 2 weeks with no issues.
[quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: Bromley borough also have a collection every two weeks we recycle everything possible and educate our kids to do the same however, one bin is not enough. Our recycle bins are full days before the collection and personally I don’t think they are big enough. When I complained to the council and asked if there were bigger recycle bins their answer was no due to health and safety and their advice regarding too much recycling was to personally take it to my dearest recycling unit. **** take...... I pay my council tax and expect the local council to supply me with a good service why should I waste my own time and money disposing my waste when I already pay for this service!!!![/p][/quote]When we had the same problem with our green general recycling bin being too small we contacted Bromley and were given a second. These get emptied every 2 weeks with no issues. Slonik
  • Score: 0

2:26pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Wiff180 says...

Wiff180 wrote:
Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something
And what are the police supposed to do? This is upto the councils as it's not a police matter, I pay the police to protect me from violence not rubbish. Learn legal/lawfully. So many people running to the police over civil matters which are contract that don't even exist.

So Assault isn't a Police matter in your world ? Idiot
Wiff180 wrote: Feel sorry for the bin men, the yob minority is growing - no surprise they seem to think it's acceptable to man handle bin men. Police should do something And what are the police supposed to do? This is upto the councils as it's not a police matter, I pay the police to protect me from violence not rubbish. Learn legal/lawfully. So many people running to the police over civil matters which are contract that don't even exist. So Assault isn't a Police matter in your world ? Idiot Wiff180
  • Score: -2

2:44pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bestbaz says...

Who when they are at school study to be a bin man.....answer NO ONE, or even wanted to be a bin man when they leave school.. Bin men IMHO are far ruder than residents, they simply don't care when they cause traffic hold ups, I have seen them park in side streets sleeping, they throw bins back however they wish too, yet residents MUST place them orderly outside their drives. I accept its not a nice job, I would not do it, but there is no excuse or space for rudeness or threats either way.
Who when they are at school study to be a bin man.....answer NO ONE, or even wanted to be a bin man when they leave school.. Bin men IMHO are far ruder than residents, they simply don't care when they cause traffic hold ups, I have seen them park in side streets sleeping, they throw bins back however they wish too, yet residents MUST place them orderly outside their drives. I accept its not a nice job, I would not do it, but there is no excuse or space for rudeness or threats either way. Bestbaz
  • Score: 11

3:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mick_a says...

mddbex82 wrote:
highway warrior wrote:
There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins!
This is BS. I have a family of 5 and even though we recycle properly one bin is frequently not enough. And did bexley council offer us any discount on our council tax as a result of only one bin being taken? No.
I also have a large family and one bin is rarely enough for two weeks waste, but a quick trip to the refuse centre in Crayford solves the problem. The council gave me an orange sticker for my car so it doesn't cost anything and only takes about 20 minutes of my time.
[quote][p][bold]mddbex82[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: There really is no excuse for abusing people who are doing their job and have no other option but to cause a bit of traffic hold up. Most people are just too lazy to recycle properly hence needing two bins![/p][/quote]This is BS. I have a family of 5 and even though we recycle properly one bin is frequently not enough. And did bexley council offer us any discount on our council tax as a result of only one bin being taken? No.[/p][/quote]I also have a large family and one bin is rarely enough for two weeks waste, but a quick trip to the refuse centre in Crayford solves the problem. The council gave me an orange sticker for my car so it doesn't cost anything and only takes about 20 minutes of my time. mick_a
  • Score: 4

10:21am Fri 28 Feb 14

reptiles says...

I totally agree not acceptable behaviour to lash our at the bin men. They are doing a job BUT maybe If they did their jobs with a bit more care and respect. I often come home and can not get on my drive because the bins have been emptied and just left/dumped. Sometimes i have to locate my bins either from next door or down the road.TBH 1 bin green bin per fortnight is ok for us family of 5 but i do have a large plastics bin - with a special label on that i got from the council, but even that i have to leave the top open and put it in front otherwise the bin men do not take it ever week , they think coz its a green bin its refuse not recycling. I do as i am told and leave my bins on the edge of my property each week, so why can the bin men not put them back at least on my drive, rather than either across the drive blocking both me from getting on drive and having to leave car parked in middle of road to move bins, or blocking people walking the pavements due to bins strewn everywhere. In the high winds there were bins & lids strewn all over the place - a danger to road users. But if the bins were placed Back where they were with the lids on rather than both bin and lid just chucked aside then people would not get irate! These guys need to help them selves!
I totally agree not acceptable behaviour to lash our at the bin men. They are doing a job BUT maybe If they did their jobs with a bit more care and respect. I often come home and can not get on my drive because the bins have been emptied and just left/dumped. Sometimes i have to locate my bins either from next door or down the road.TBH 1 bin green bin per fortnight is ok for us family of 5 but i do have a large plastics bin - with a special label on that i got from the council, but even that i have to leave the top open and put it in front otherwise the bin men do not take it ever week , they think coz its a green bin its refuse not recycling. I do as i am told and leave my bins on the edge of my property each week, so why can the bin men not put them back at least on my drive, rather than either across the drive blocking both me from getting on drive and having to leave car parked in middle of road to move bins, or blocking people walking the pavements due to bins strewn everywhere. In the high winds there were bins & lids strewn all over the place - a danger to road users. But if the bins were placed Back where they were with the lids on rather than both bin and lid just chucked aside then people would not get irate! These guys need to help them selves! reptiles
  • Score: 8

10:36am Fri 28 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Perhaps the Shopper could start a "hug a bin man day", get to know your local bin man. Lets get on first name terms with these much needed public servants in your local area.
Perhaps the Shopper could start a "hug a bin man day", get to know your local bin man. Lets get on first name terms with these much needed public servants in your local area. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -34

1:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Most of them around here are a lazy bunch of tow rags..........and rude too. If they don't like the job they do, get out, simples.
Most of them around here are a lazy bunch of tow rags..........and rude too. If they don't like the job they do, get out, simples. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 18

5:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Bestbaz says...

I wonder if SERCO or any of the bin men will read these comments ( that is if they can read, or at least read English) to improve the " service" if that is what it can be called to the residents.
I wonder if SERCO or any of the bin men will read these comments ( that is if they can read, or at least read English) to improve the " service" if that is what it can be called to the residents. Bestbaz
  • Score: 11

5:57pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Virtual-Monster says...

If you are not happy with the service, take your excess refuse around to your local Councillors home and dump it in their garden. Guess that might have a pretty quick impact!
If you are not happy with the service, take your excess refuse around to your local Councillors home and dump it in their garden. Guess that might have a pretty quick impact! Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 23

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