I came across this letter of complaint to South Bucks District Council the other day, it rather amused me so I thought I would share it...
Dear Refuse and Recycling Local Official Co-ordinator,
I live at XXXXXXXXXX and for some reason my food waste has not been picked up for the past two weeks.
I put the brown box out both times, which normally does the job, but it remained there untouched by workman's glove. It was in plain sight, so I fail to see why your refuse collection experts were unable to see it.
Perhaps if this was the case, you might have considered choosing different colours when you introduced your new coloured-box refuse and recycling collection system?
Maybe bright, neon colours would have been a better choice, maybe even luminous for easier identification and collection of during the dark winter months?
But as it is now positively spring, I fail to see why your neon-breasted garbage collectors were unable to spot my (albeit rather dun and unstriking) brown box on two consecutive weeks.
I am at rather a loss what to do with the contents of my brown box, given some of the food in there must be three-weeks-old now.
I'm afraid I rather lack the courage to look inside, but the curious odour from my humble box is enough to convince me that the victuals and plate-scrapings are now somewhat beyond the fermentation stage, and perhaps even nearing putrification.
Please advise me on how I should rectify this rather odorous situation, and if there is anywhere I can take my brown box for it to be rid of its rotten contents. It might also be helpful to let me know when, or indeed if, I can ever expect my brown box to be emptied again.
I hope you look into this fairly promptly, and treat it with the sort of expedience one could probably expect should a council tax bill remain unpaid for a fortnight.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Mrs Neville Twitcher.