BIN bags have been piling up as residents are told rubbish will not be collected for a total of a month.
The Christmas and New Year bank holidays, coupled with the recent heavy snow, have put the Havant Borough Council refuse collection timetable out of sync.
It means households in some parts of the borough will be forced to wait four weeks for a rubbish collection due to refuse and recycling being picked up on alternate weeks.
Although Fareham and Gosport borough councils will catch up with missed collections throughout this week, Havant decided to stick with the original collection dates.
Marc Maran, of Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, is one of the households affected.
His last refuse collection was on January 5.
The next was due on January 18 but was cancelled because of the snow.
Mr Maran’s waste will now not be collected until the next scheduled date of February 1.
He said: ‘I live in a house converted into flats and have a shared gate.
‘My neighbours and I have worked out there will be about 40 bin bags by the time they next come to collect the rubbish. Four weeks’ worth of rubbish will pile up and this is not acceptable.
‘Whilst I appreciate that we would have some disruption over snow periods, to be left without a collection for four weeks is madness.’
But Peter Vince, the council’s operational services manager, said the council did not put on extra crews to clear the backlog of collections as the conditions in parts of the borough were not safe to do so.
He said staff were redeployed to clear pathways, car parks, and town centres and deliver meals on wheels.
‘As a result of the heavy snowfall on Friday we had to suspend refuse and recycling collections as many roads were too dangerous for the large vehicles to operate and it would compromise the safety of our team members,’ he said.
‘As officers were unable to predict how soon, or when, conditions would improve a decision was made on Monday, to continue to provide normal scheduled collections for as long as it is safe to do so.
‘Unfortunately this will result in some residents having to store their refuse for two weeks longer than normal. The council will ensure that all additional refuse is collected on the next scheduled collection day.
‘We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused due to circumstances outside of our control.’