Refuse collections in Maresfield and Buxted have been delayed this week because of higher than expected Christmas recycling, and a broken down vehicle.
Maresfield residents were told to put their bins out on Tuesday morning and one was told yesterday there was no prospect of anything happening until Saturday.
He contacted Uckfield News and said: “The excuse is that the operatives have run out of time and capacity. My view is that this is a problem which was not difficult to foresee and that adequate arrangements were not put in place.
“Not only do the bins make the village look unattractive, but, if the weather was wet and/or windy, rubbish would be strewn all over the roads.
“I have spoken to several neighbours whose observations range from ‘ridiculous in 2018’, to ‘pathetic’ and ‘feeble management’.”
Buxted residents were also wondering what had happened to their refuse collection which was expected on Wednesday. The council said that was due to a vehicle breakdown.
The council told Uckfield News:
“We are still on the Christmas timetable for waste and recycling collections which has resulted in crews working Saturdays in order to meet commitments where regular collections have been scheduled for bank holidays.
“We are sorry some recycling bins were left uncollected in parts of Maresfield on Tuesday. Whilst we anticipated extra recycling after Christmas, there has been more than predicted and, as such, the crew were regrettably unable to complete their round. Kier have informed us they will be returning to complete this work by the end of Saturday at the latest.
“The problem we had in Buxted was due to a breakdown of the collection vehicle. We apologise to residents and it is intended that all collections will be completed by the end of Saturday.”
• Since this story was published people in Ridgewood and Framfield have reported their rubbish hasn’t been collected. One person said Framfield’s should have been collected on Monday and rubbish was now being piled up around the bins.