Angry residents in newly-built homes have not had their bins emptied for more than five weeks after moving in, it has emerged.
Mountains of bin bags have piled up on Uppermoor, in Pudsey, and householders and tenants say they haven’t had bins emptied since they moved in.
Michelle Firth moved into her new home at the end of November and has been infuratied because her black bin still hasn’t been emptied.
She has already lodged numerous complaints with Leeds City Council about the amount of waste that is increasingly piling up on the newly finished street.
Despite that, Leeds Council said the matter had only just come to their attention, but action has now been promised.
Michelle said: “We’re absolutely appalled that we’re being treated like animals.
“I don’t know how many more times I can phone the council’s cleansing department.
“We can’t go on,” she said.
She has even contacted her local MP Stuart Andrew about the street’s plight in a bid to get their bins emptied.
Michelle, who has a disabled son, claims that she was told by bin men that they are not allowed to empty bins from new build properties.
The mortgage specialist added: “We all moved in on November 22 and the council came and delivered black bins.
“We put our bins out on the Thursday ready for collection but the bin men failed to empty our bins.
“I reported it to the council and was told it would be 48 hours from then.
“We still haven’t had out bins emptied for weeks. We’re on the main road and every week we have to report it. We’ve five weeks worth of rubbish.
“We’ve recently had Christmas and we have got three dogs as well,” she said.
A spokeswoman from Leeds City Council said: “We’d like to apologise to residents for any inconvenience caused.
“The matter has only recently come to our attention.
“The site is still under construction meaning it is difficult for our collection vehicles to access.
“We’ve arranged to have bins emptied this week and we’re actively looking at getting regular collections established with a suitable vehicle as soon as possible and until the site is completed.”