Piles of rubbish line UK streets as families wait for ‘bin day’ after Christmas

Mountains of rubbish is piling up on the streets of the UK as even recycling points struggle with the post-Christmas strain.

Families across the country are getting rid of the millions of tons of waste generated by the festivities, including an estimated 300,000 tons of card and 270,000 miles of wrapping paper

A whole street in London has been used as a dumping ground for unwanted Christmas rubbish.

The mass fly-tipping is just minutes away from a recycling centre in Beckenham.

At a recycling point in Bristol there is a mountain of rubbish as the great Christmas clear-up gets underway.

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The facility at a Tesco car park in Golden Hill, Bristol, is overflowing with wrapping, boxes and bottles.

Refuse collections in the city were suspended on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, when recycling centres were also closed.

Every year the city’s residents throw out the equivalent of 35,000 Christmas puddings, 14,000 turkeys and half a million mince pies, according to Bristol Waste.

In Derby cardboard boxes and packaging for children’s toys was also among the waste which was abandoned in one street.

The pile of mess was so large that it actually spilled out from the pavement and into the road itself.

One woman told Derbyshire Live: “I was driving home last night past the site and was appalled by the very large pile of rubbish.

“It looked like the type of rubbish all of us have to dispose of after Christmas – boxes, packaging, and so on. The difference is that most of us dispose of it properly."

Overnight heaps of rubbish appeared in Nottingham in a leisure centre car park.

The abandoned Christmas boxes, paper and bags could be seen strewn across bins and the floor of West Park Leisure Centre at around 8.30am on Boxing Day.

Old toys such as a giant cuddly bear and a battered play house were also left next to a sign which reads: "Do not use this site to dispose of general waste, food waste or unwanted toys or furniture."

In Brighton, Justin Richmond tweeted his local council saying: "Rubbish on our streets is totally disgusting. I thought the whole idea of communal bins was that they are supposed to be emptied daily. This is not happening!"

Another resident of the Sussex city, Cat Fletcher, added: "Reports of overflowing Communal recycling waste bins across Brighton and Hove Most were full before Chrismas Day and are definitely over-capacity/contaminated now! How bad is this problem?"

The festive period will also see 54million platefuls of food binned and almost 200million toy batteries used.

Elsewhere in the country, a resident of Colwyn Bay, north Wales wrote: "More overflowing bins due to enforced monthly collections! @ConwyCBC No problem eh? Never seen it so bad! These photos were taken today!"

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