Rotting food waste piles up and attracts rats on Sheffield street

A businessman has complained about rotting food which has been dumped on a Sheffield street and is attracting rats.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 9:41 am
Flytipping on Keaton Hill

Jeremy Martin, who has a business on Keeton's Hill off London Road, says a restaurant has been leaving food by an industrial Biffa bin but it hasn't been emptied.

Mr Martin said: "The restaurant overfilled the bin with waste but it's not been collected and now it's attracting rats.

"The council came to disinfect the area but then the restaurant put even more rubbish in. It's not fair that the council has to pick up this mess because it's not their bin.

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"The bin didn't move for over six weeks and was full of large cooking oil tins and food waste which stank and increased the rats.

"Some of us care about our area and if people just dump rubbish then things will never get any better."

Sheffield Council says the problem started when a business changed its waste collection company. The Biffa bin was no longer part of a collection schedule so was just left at the site unemptied.

Biffa is now removing the bin so all waste should be placed in a correct bin and removed.

Coun Mark Jones, Cabinet member for environment and streetscene, said: “We are aware of a surplus bin that is not part of a collection schedule and have been assured that it will be removed by the end of the week.

"This should help to prevent the reported waste and pest issues. We will monitor this to make sure waste is properly disposed of by businesses in the area and take further action if needed.”