A BONNYRIGG father was last week threatening to dump his recycling on the street if Midlothian Council did not collect it on time.
Scott Carruthers (39), and his wife Alana (25), are furious that their fortnightly recycling has not been picked up on time since blue bins were introduced in October.
The containers should be collected on a Friday morning, but the Polton Street couple claim the bin lorry is often days late.
They say that despite making repeat calls to council officials and elected members, the problem persists.
Speaking to the Advertiser last Wednesday, Mr Carruthers, an engineer with Scottish Gas, said that he had given the council a 24-hour deadline to collect the box, otherwise he would empty it in a parking area next to his flat.
The overflowing bin had been sitting outside his home for six days.
He said: “I’ve come to the point where at 4pm tomorrow the recycling will be all over the road – that way they will have to come and pick it up. I’ll probably get fined but if that’s what has to be done so be it.”
His deadline was not met by the council, however, Mr Carrurers decided not to break the law.
He added: “No-one is interested because our property is off the High Street. Youths have tried to set fire to the bins and a neighbour has been bringing them into the stairwell, which isn’t environmentally healthy.
“I pay my council tax and if they [Midlothian Council] won’t do my recycling, then I’ll do it myself and subtract the cost from next month’s council tax.”
Mrs Carruthers, who stays at home to look after her children – aged seven and 18 months – added: “We live in a block of maisonette flats and the three bins we share haven’t ever been collected on time. People are now using them for general waste, and the council are telling us that they won’t lift them because of that. We have made numerous complaints, but no-one seems to be interested.”
Midlothian Council said: “We’ve apologised to him, and his blue bin was emptied on Friday morning. The last few days was the first time we were aware Mr Carruthers had a problem with his bin collection service. Our aim is never to miss emptying a bin, so we’re looking at how we can make sure this issue doesn’t arise again at this address. Again, we are sorry Mr Carruthers was inconvenienced.”