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Monday, 21 February 2011 (3012360)
Bin and gone!
by Natasha Young

AN elderly Southport woman claimed she has only had her bin emptied once since before Christmas, as refuse collectors keep missing her out.

Marianne Rimington, 79, lives in sheltered accommodation on Marshside Road and has been on Sefton Council's assisted help list for around five years, requiring refuse workers to collect her bin from her driveway as she is no longer able to push it out herself.

“I can't get my grey bin emptied for love nor money,” she told The Champion, and explained that the last time it was emptied was February 4, which was also the first time since before Christmas.

Ms Rimington said she notifies Sefton Council that she has been missed out whenever she notices that other bins in the street have been emptied, and also contacted the authority several times in the past week to resolve the matter.

She added: “This week alone I've rung them on three days but they've got one of those expensive numbers. It costs me a fortune to make so many calls a week.”

“They say they've sent emails to the depot and the matter has been fast-tracked, and on Wednesday (February 16) they said someone would get back to me and empty the bin within 24 hours but they haven't. It's horrible to be in this situation.”

A spokesman for Sefton Council declined to comment.


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