Smelly rub­bish bin has to go

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Health haz­ard: Steve Char­ters has to close his house win­dows to keep out the smell of this rot­ten rub­bish skip.

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