Bethnal Green residents are fuming at the stinking piles of rubbish left uncollected in the summer heat by Tower Hamlets Council.
Delays to regular rubbish collections due to the so-called “pingdemic” has seen bins overflowing – attracting rats and foxes.
Tower Hamlets Council rubbish collectors have been told to self-isolate by the NHS track and trace app – an issue affecting multiple authorities across the country.
Residents in Bethnal Green have seen bin bags and fly-tipping pile up near Middleton Park in the area.
A local woman who did not wish to be named said that the rubbish was attracting vermin, and that the mess had been impacted by the introduction of a low-traffic neighbourhood next to the park.
She said: “There are rats under those bins. I haven’t noticed a smell as such but I don’t get too close. The rats and foxes will tear the bags open and spread the rubbish all over the park.
“This road was recently made into a low-traffic neighbourhood. So is now very quiet at night which makes dumping and fly-tipping much easier.
“I know a local resident has informed the council and sent videos of the culprit and they’ve not acted.
“The rubbish gets collected maybe once a week. Flats have nowhere to store rubbish so they leave it outside.”
She added that the rubbish collection has not just been an issue since increased numbers of people have been self-isolating.
She continued: “It’s always been an issue there. There used to be a bottle bank and recycling station there but now it’s just clothes [recycling] and she would like to see Tower Hamlets Council do more to clean up the streets.
She said: “Some inspections would probably help, or some of the refuse collectors should be reporting these issues back.”
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A Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson said : “We are experiencing some disruptions to our waste collections due to factors such as staff absences due to illness and/or the requirement to self-isolate.
“Agency staff are in place to provide the usual service. However, there may still be delays to normal collection days and times.
“We are working hard to resume normal services as soon as possible.”