What is the point of a bin store housing bins that refuse collectors refuse to empty? That was the question asked by a baffled neighbour this week.
Simon Ward was forced to call the waste department at South Kesteven District Council when the stench from a bin store serving flats in New Street became unbearable.
On opening the door he was met with the sight of rotting waste piled ceiling high.
Mr Ward, whose North Parade home backs on to the bin store, said: “It stinks! You can see that everything is rotting.
“In the summer, the smell is appalling.
“If the people in the flats put their rubbish in the pink bags and leave them on the corner of the road they get taken, but if they’re put in the shed they don’t.
“What’s the point of the shed?”
Waste was being removed by an SKDC employee as the Journal arrived.
The worker had almost filled the refuse truck with grotty bags...but plenty more remained in the store.
SKDC’s waste and recycling manager Keith Rowe said residents must take responsibility and get rid of their waste in the correct manner.
He said: “Pink and clear bags are made available to all flats at the location on New Street.
“We are continuing to advise residents to only deposit these waste bags in the bins provided rather than any loose refuse.
“We have cleared additional rubbish in the bins recently and ask for residents to work with us to help keep the bin area as clean as possible.”