Probe as bins emp­tied at sin­gle home

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL bosses are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter dust­men drove past full wheelie bins and black sacks be­fore ap­pear­ing to empty rub­bish from a sin­gle ad­dress in a city street.

Matthew Bowa­ter, of Cock­shut Hill, in Yard­ley, recorded the refuse work­ers on CCTV as their truck drove past his home and stopped a few doors away.

Two dust­men were then shown col­lect­ing sacks of waste and emp­ty­ing two wheelie bins be­fore they climbed back into the cab and the ve­hi­cle drove off.

Rub­bish has been left to fester on streets across Birm­ing­ham af­ter bin­men launched strike ac­tion over a pro­posed jobs and hours shake-up.

But Mr Bowa­ter’s footage – recorded on Mon­day af­ter­noon – showed the col­lec­tion crew driv­ing past at least one wheelie bin with a black sack on top be­fore they took away refuse from an­other lo­ca­tion fur­ther along the road.

The 38-year-old, who stressed that he ini­tially sup­ported the strik­ing bin­men, com­plained to the city coun­cil and his MP, Jess Phillips.

He said: “I couldn’t be­lieve what I was see­ing when I watched the footage. One lucky per­son has had their rub­bish col­lected.

“Why were they given spe­cial treat­ment?

“Mon­day is our bin day but they haven’t been col­lected for five weeks. I have seen rats in the street. I sup­ported the bin­men and their rea­sons for strik­ing be­fore but my sym­pa­thy is wan­ing now.”

Ms Phillips raised the mat­ter with the coun­cil af­ter watch­ing Mr Bowa­ter’s video.

She said: “It seems very odd that they would col­lect only one bin on a road. I can think of no rea­son­able ex­pla­na­tion for what is very clear on the video.”

A coun­cil spokesman said the au­thor­ity was aware of the footage and was in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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