The three steps that pose a ‘health and safety’ risk to Leeds bin men

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Bin men have refused to collect a disabled pensioner’s rubbish for “health and safety” reasons – because it stands at the top of three steps.

Former delivery man Wilson Burdis, 67, from Nepshaw Lane in Morley, says his brown bin – which carries garden waste – has not been emptied for eight weeks.

Mr Burdis, who suffers from a severe lung complaint, said: “They’re telling me they’re not allowed to take it down the three steps to the street for health and safety reasons. I just think it’s ridiculous.

“I used to have to carry fridges, washing machines and all sorts up and down steps. If I’d ever have made that kind of excuse I’d have been laughed at.”

Mr Burdis, who lives with wife Jean, 68, said the household rubbish from his green and black bins is collected because the refuse teams take the bags out of the bins.

But the pensioner was told he would have to take the brown bin down the steps to street level himself before it could be collected. He added: “I’ve lived here for about eight years and it hasn’t been a problem before.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Mr Burdis moved to a bag collection for his household and recyclable waste collection last year but at the time we did not review his garden waste collection – for which we apologise.

“We understand he is unable to take his wheeled bin to the kerbside so we have now spoken to him to offer a suitable alternative arrangement and we have also organised a one-off recovery collection in the next few days.”

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