The posh Bristol street turned into an 'eyesore' as residents separate rubbish into 13 different containers

Residents face the prospect of separating their rubbish into 13 different bags, boxes and containers
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Residents of one Bristol street say they dread bin day - as they face the prospect of separating their rubbish into THIRTEEN different bags, boxes and containers.

Caledonia Place in Clifton in Bristol is turned into an 'eyesore' every Thursday morning as hundreds of rubbish containers pile up waiting for collection.

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They have always had to separate their household waste into cardboard, plastic, tins and glass, but the number is set to double under new rules as clothing, batteries and shoes are added to the list.

There are now separate large gull proof bags for general waste and garden waste, along with a cardboard bag, a paper and glass box and a metal and plastic box.

Food waste has it’s own bin while clothes and shoes, small electrics, shredded paper, and batteries all now require separate carrier bags.

Engine oil must go in a sealed container and both car batteries and spectacles must lie loose next to the recycling bins.

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The weekly scene on the street lined with large balconies and sash windows is in stark contrast to its normal picturesque nature the other six days of the week.

And although some residents say Bristol City Council is doing a good job encouraging so much recycling, others say it has become a major headache.

Tracy Clement, 57, a director in education is already unhappy with the numbers of bins outside.

She said: “The bin collection doesn't work, it’s a farce.

"Most of the people living here are in flats and there’s too many containers outside all day and they’re hanging on listed railings which they shouldn’t be anywhere near.

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“There’s always a mess and there’s animals and vermin that come out of the bins outside on bin day."

She also recognises the issue of residents having to leave their rubbish inside their flat all week waiting for the collection.

“Top flats should be able to leave rubbish in the basement but the basement flats don't always like it because they leave it there and it smells - it doesn't work.”

Bristol City Council recycles 46 per cent of its household waste – which leads the way compared to the national average of 44.1 per cent.

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The push for recycling is based on research that the more bins you give people, the more inclined they will be to recycle.

Imogen James, 18, has lived in Bristol since February and said she has found the system awful due to poor management.

She said: “I think that they are pretty useless. We’ve had to ring the council several times to complain that they haven’t picked up the recycling and rubbish in the past which just causes more of a mess in the street.”

The number of bags, boxes and containers is set to double as clothing, batteries and shoes are added to the listThe number of bags, boxes and containers is set to double as clothing, batteries and shoes are added to the list
The number of bags, boxes and containers is set to double as clothing, batteries and shoes are added to the list

Most of the houses are separated into flats on each floor, creating four times the amount of rubbish in some cases.

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Imogen added: "When I moved in my landlord told me to be really careful as the council are very pedantic, but I have found they just don’t pick up the rubbish..

“You shouldn’t have to ring the council and ask them to collect it.”

The bin men will refuse to take the rubbish if it hasn’t been sorted properly, which sparks fear in some residents if their neighbours put a coke can in the wrong box.

However, other residents believe the council have done a good job at encouraging recycling.

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Mike Barton, 72, who has lived in his first floor flat for 30 years has seen neighbours come and go but he has kept up the community feel which helps with the bins in his 18th century home.

He said: “It works alright as long as people know when to put things out, newcomers don't really know and there are a lot of rental properties, but I’ve got to grips with the different collections over the years.”

Although, he admits that if people forget to put their food in the wrong bins it causes issues with rubbish spread across the pavements.

A company director who moved into the area three years ago loves the system and agrees it’s much better than the systems he’s experienced before.

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Jock Shepherd, 66, said: “It’s clearly organised, and there are regular updates on the Bristol City Council website and as long as you adhere to the guidelines it works really well.

“I don’t find it a nightmare to separate all the rubbish, I just found it was something to get used to.

“If my neighbours and friends don’t do it correctly, I make them aware of it and if you see rubbish hasn’t been collected, that sends a message and I let everyone know that there’s a reason for it.”

Richard Longworth, 68, retired, also believes that the complicated system on Caledonia Road could work if used properly.

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He said: “I’m on the first floor flat and we can leave our rubbish in the basement and it's fairly easy sorting glass and plastic.

“A year ago I was living in London and the mess on London streets after putting rubbish out was awful. The rat bags here are such a good idea so you don't get that spreading of rubbish.”

Bristol City Council has been contacted for comment.

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