FESTIVE packaging and empty bottles were left piling up on the Glen Estate as residents did not have their recycling bins emptied for nine weeks.
Glen Grove resident Sophie Tempest said repeated calls to the council had failed to get the problem sorted out and many people resorted to throwing their recyclable materials in with the regular rubbish just to get rid of it.
The bins were finally emptied last Thursday after the Observer & Advertiser contacted Leeds City Council.
Miss Tempest, a 23-year-old IT worker, said people had previously made numerous complaints to Leeds City Council over the issue.
Speaking last Thursday (December 29) she said: “It is now becoming a big concern to local residents as the recycling is now overflowing and littering streets, and many and coming to the end of their tether with their dealings with the council.”
She added that the estate has a history of problems with bin collections and that people she knows on Glen Mount and Beacon Grove have had the same problems.
“The littlest thing, if there is one car blocking the road, they won’t bother going down and streets get missed out all the time,” she added.
A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “The green bins concerned on Glen Mount, Glen Grove and Beacon Grove in Morley were collected on Thursday, December 29.
“Unfortunately, as part of the monthly collections schedule, these bins were unable to be collected on Thursday 30 November as it was the day of industrial strike action by public sector workers.
“A recovery collection was undertaken to make up for the missed service on that day, but despite our best efforts it was not possible to complete this for all areas concerned before the next scheduled collection date.
“We apologise to anyone negatively affected by this and would wish to reassure residents in these areas that the monthly collections schedule is operating as normal.”