Chichester binmen confounded by cucumber

Russ Godfrey, from Westbourne hasn't had his recycling bin collected because there was one piece of cucumber in it
Russ Godfrey, from Westbourne hasn't had his recycling bin collected because there was one piece of cucumber in it

A limp slice of cucumber stood in the way of one bewildered resident’s weekly bin collection.

Russ Godfrey, from Westbourne, was ‘staggered’ when binmen refused to take away his recycling when they saw other rubbish in there.

“The bin is only ten metres from the front door,” he said.

“They could have lifted it out, or at least come to knock on the front door and let me know so I could do it. They just put a red label on the 
bin and said they wouldn’t empty it.

“I’ve given the binmen a tip every Christmas for 25 years.

“It is so petty and annoying. I reported it to Chichester District Council straight away.

“The council said they don’t have time to knock on the door, but they had time to walk all the way back to the lorry to get the red sticker on the bin.”

A spokesman for Chichester District Council said: “This particular bin contained a number of items of food and teabags, which is why the refuse collectors didn’t empty the bin. Over the past year, a number of our trucks have been turned away at the recycling plant because food and wet material has been found within the recycling collection.

“Just one bin load can affect the entire truck. We’ve explained to the owner why his bin wasn’t collected and the importance of placing the correct items in his bin.

“On this occasion we have sent out another truck to collect the waste.”