Binmen have refused to take waste from a Sheffield charity – because fly-tipping pests are dumping their rubbish on site.
Heeley City Farm staff say their collections have been left behind ‘countless ‘ times as waste discarded by litterlouts was blocking the bins.
And vandals have even set fire to gardening waste after leaving it at the farm on Richards Road, causing damage to containers.
The most recent items discarded at the farm include a sofa, mattress and bed, soiled nappies, a television and paint tins.
Sarah Hardy, farm animal sponsorship, events and publicity co-ordinator, said: “It is a big issue for us at the moment.
“As we are a charity we only qualify for fortnightly collections, we can’t afford to pay business rates, and as we are a conservation project we try to recycle as much as possible anyway.
“We were just about coping and people started dumping their rubbish on us.
“The waste collectors have refused to take our bins countless times as they haven’t been able to get to them for all the fly-tipped stuff which means we’ve not had bin collections for weeks at a time.
“We aren’t a council organisation so they don’t automatically sort it out for us.”
The charity said litter problems meant staff spent hours contacting waste services, visiting the tip and supervising collections rather than working with the community.
Sarah added: “ It’s unhygienic – we have a lot of vulnerable adults and children here, not to mention all the families who visit us and it’s a serious health risk to them and our staff and volunteers.”
Fed-up readers have sent in pictures of waste blighting their communities to The Star.
Sheffield Council is leading a crackdown on littering with plain clothes officers issuing fines.
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and Streetscene, said: “There is no excuse for littering like this. Heeley City Farm is a fantastic attraction for families, which makes the littering even more unforgiveable. “People who are dumping the litter should have more pride in their area and not be so ignorant. “We will continue to clamp down on the fly-tippers using the full weight of the law.”
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