Brown bin waste festers for months as Dungannon council yet to provide collection date

Various stages of maggots growing around a brown bin in Dungannon
Various stages of maggots growing around a brown bin in Dungannon

Despite the delivery of 9,000 brown bins to homes across the borough from December, Dungannon council is yet to provide a collection date.

In some areas of the district the food and green waste bins were delivered almost four months ago along with a letter saying the council “anticipates” being able to provide a collection start date for them in January.

Top layer of waste starts to fester and mould in Dungannon brown bin

Top layer of waste starts to fester and mould in Dungannon brown bin

It is now almost April and locals, who have been filling up the bins as suggested, have raised concerns over the mounting organic waste festering away inside their brown bins.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace.

“I have been filling this bin with food waste, egg shells and all the things the council told me to put inside it since before Christmas.

“The left overs from my Christmas dinner are in there.

My bin is full and I’m worried it’s going to attract mice or rats - Dungannon resident

“When the bins were handed out, they came with a letter saying they’d be back to us with pick-up date in January.

“My bin is full and I’m worried it’s going to attract mice or rats about the place.

“It’s not very hygienic.”

So when will council pick up the bins?

This paper has called Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council’s Operational Service Department on numerous occasions to ask why residents have had to wait so long for their bins to be collected when the letter they sent out suggested they would be back in touch with a collection date in January.

A few weeks and some conversations later, we are still waiting for an official response from the council.

But it is understood that a date for collection may be decided in the next few weeks.