Cllr Darren Rodwell spoke out after the council received numerous complaints about overflowing bins and missed collections over the Christmas period.
Residents with missed collections can report the issue to the council and they will try and rectify the issue and Cllr Rodwell said the refuse team was doing the “best it can”.It's clearly not good enough!
Explaining they had to pick up more than twice the waste it usually does and residents should have some ‘social responsibility’, he said: “I think the refuse workers did an incredible job over Christmas in difficult circumstances.
“They are doing the best they can.
“This week one of the rounds collected 28 tonnes of rubbish. That’s more than twice what they usually take and means several trips back and forth to the dump.
“I took nine bags to the tip myself. If you have a car and your bin is overflowing, instead of having a go at us, have a bit of social responsibility and take it to the dump yourself for free.”Why? The residents pay the council for a service. They expect that service.
What do you think would happen if, on rocking up at the local train station with a pre-purchased ticket, Rodwell was told 'Sorry, we're a bit too busy, here's a bike, pedal to London instead'..?
“We have a situation in Barking and Dagenham where one in three properties belong to buy to let landlords,” he said.
“These homes produce two and a half times more rubbish than normal households, so our refuge collection system is already collecting the rubbish of a borough twice its size.
“At Christmas households produce three times more rubbish than usual. With the greatest respect there is just no way we can pick it all up in a week, especially when refuse workers need to have their days off as well. We do more collections than many other boroughs to cope.”It's Christmas. It comes once a year, regular as clockwork. It's not a surprise.