Waste left with disabled woman for two months

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 July 2015

Patricia Kirkup- Sykes no rubbish collected.

Patricia Kirkup- Sykes no rubbish collected.


A disabled women has been left with rotting food waste and scores of empty bottles and tins because her recycling has not been collected for two months.

Patricia Kirkup-Sykes, from Church Lane in Backwell, has fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and carpel tunnel syndrome which means she is unable to walk far or carry heavy items.

She is on North Somerset Council’s assisted collection list, which means crews should collect her waste and recycling from her property so she does not have to carry it down the lane.

The council’s refuse collectors have been picking up her rubbish, but the recycling crews have not been emptying her food waste or recycling boxes for more than two months.

The food scraps have now been attracting flies and mice and despite many calls to the council the waste has not been removed.

She said: “The people who come to collect the waste and the green garden waste come, it’s only the recycling crews who are ignoring it.

“I can’t leave the food waste outside because I live in a lane and we have got lots of wild animals around.

“And I can’t take it up the lane by myself.

“I’ve got bags full of rotting vegetables in my house which is causing flies to come in because you can’t keep your windows shut in the summer when it’s so hot.

“I’m fed up with it.”

When contacted by the Times, a council spokesman said an officer would visit Mrs Kirkup-Sykes to remove the waste.

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