BIN HAD WE'VE; Chaos and confusion after people on same street get different rubbish collection dates.
BEMUSED residents have been playing a game of bin roulette after one half of the same street were given different waste collection schedules to the other. Confusing calendars - likened to bingo cards - have been distributed to people on one half of Market Street in Ruthin, stating all bins and bags will be collected every week.
People on other side were told to put their general waste and recycling out on alternate weeks - even though binmen have been turning up as normal since the leaflets were circulated six weeks ago.
But on Tuesday bags were left strewn in the road after being tagged with labels telling people they'd put them out on the wrong day - when they hadn't.
Some of the new rubbish rotas also have two months of the year missing, with October printed on them twice.
Yesterday, householders were shocked when refuse lorries turned up again to take away the bags they said shouldn't have been out in the first place.
Retired photographer Chris Birchall took to Facebook to express his frustrations at the "crazy collections" and said: "We have a great new game on Market Street - it's called 'Russian to-put-your-bins-out Roulette'.
"Basically it involves guessing which colour bins to put out on what day. It's great fun, because there are different rules for different households. It seems to depend on several factors - which side of the street you live on, whether you are an odd number, and whether there is an 'R' in the month, or even if there is a month at all.
"Gazing through the haze of fumes hanging in the air from the four different lorries that the council now send, you can make out the shapes of several bin sacks that are still on the pavement having been picked up, put down again, and had a label tied on them with a neat tick-box saying: 'Put out the wrong week.' "Some of the residents obviously didn't read their official refuse collection calendar delivered six weeks ago. Oh but wait a minute... they did. And it clearly states that 'General' and 'Recycling' bin sacks will be collected Tuesday every week. "Other residents have a calendar clearly stating that it will be on alternate weeks. "That particular calendar also happens to have no September nor November - they have given us two Octobers instead.
He adds: "Half of the bin sacks labelled 'wrong week' were black/pink 'general' waste sacks and the other half were white 'recycling' sacks. So whatever you put out and when you put it out, you are pretty well stuffed.
"Clearly, it's a game where there is only one winner - the hole in the ozone layer that is growing rapidly from the pollution caused by quadrupling the number of bin lorry journeys (general, recycling, food waste and garden) as well as all the 'You''ve been naughty' labels that have to be printed and tied on the sacks.
"Remind me again... What is the purpose of recycling?"
Bad sign: Notice on bag
Blunder: Chris Birchall and Mari Robertson with their conflicting collection notices