Anger after rubbish collection changes lead to rude awakenings

Changes to refuse collections
Changes to refuse collections

A row is brewing over new bin collection times - with some residents woken up early on Sunday morning by noisy refuse lorries.

The system was introduced at the weekend by East Dunbartonshire Council - with refuse and recycling now bing picked up seven days a week in a bid to save cash.

But just hours after the start of the new era of waste collection, complaints were starting to come in to the Herald offices.

There have been particular problems in Milton of Campsie, where residents were woken up before 7am.

On householder said: “Clearly the council have shown no regard to the impact a bin collection which commenced in my street this morning (Sunday) at 7.20am would have on my family’s right to a quiet life.

“I am an emergency service worker, I work on average 50 hours a week. I get up every day Monday to Friday at 5.30am to begin my shift which can be up to 12 hours long. I have two children under the age of eight years. I therefore view my weekends a time to catch my breath and unwind with my wife and children.

“I am therefore furious to find that East Dunbartonshire Council cleansing department have decided that my right to a quiet Sunday morning family lie in has to cease with immediate effect.

“My whole family were rudely awoken at 7.20am by the sound of a roaring diesel truck engine, by a reversing alarm BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, then the clatter, bang and smashing sound of the refuge bins being emptied. This is wholly unacceptable.

“At the very least this can be described as anti-social, and the council are now prime candidates to being awarded with an ASBO in the future as this kind of behaviour ticks all the criteria for being anti social.”

Another resident added: “The rattle and clinking of bottles began to raise me from my only long sleep of the week at 7.15am.

“That, in itself suggests many are worse off than me as I live at a part of the village which is probably in the middle or near the end of that journey.

“As someone who works most of the time six days per week and whose only rest day is Sunday, I find this change wholly unacceptable to me.”