Smelly rubbish bin has to go
A Mt Roskill restaurant has until tomorrow to get rid of a rubbish skip creating a stink in the neighbourhood.
The Auckland City Council issued a notice of nuisance to Xin Ya Restaurant on Dominion Rd after complaints from nearby residents about the smell.
The notice says two checks by a council officer found the bin to be “smelling offensively and dripping a disgusting effluent on to the yard asphalt”.
Steve Charters, whose apartment building is behind the restaurant, noticed the smell in the past couple of weeks when he was up on scaffolding painting the outside of his unit.
“I went out to investigate and found this skip full of refuse.”
The bin is filled with rubbish bags of food waste which have not been tied closed and maggots have hatched in it.
He contacted Absolute Waste, the company that owns the bin, and was told the bill for collection hadn’t been paid for eight months, which was why it hadn’t been emptied.
Mr Charters went to the restaurant and spoke with a man who said the bin belonged to the previous owners.
“I explained that if you’re putting in bags, you have to tie them up.”
On hot days he says he has to shut the windows to keep the smell out.
Absolute Waste general manager Matt Hitchings says he understands the restaurant has changed hands and the new owner says he will get the money from the old owner.
“We’re waiting for him to get back to us. We would certainly like to get our bin back.
“The sooner it gets cleared up, the better. We don’t like to have smelly bins around.”
Mr Charters also phoned the Auckland City Council several times and was told it would be dealt with.
He was told another complaint had also been made about the bin.
He says the bin is more than just a nuisance, it’s a health hazard and often has a pool of fetid water leaking out of it.
Bradley and Associates manages the property but would not comment.
Health hazard: Steve Charters has to close his house windows to keep out the smell of this rotten rubbish skip.