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Bins On Streets Filled With Food Waste As People Stockpile More Food Than They Can Eat

Bins On Streets Filled With Food Waste As People Stockpile More Food Than They Can Eat

Residents across Britain have been left with food waste piled up in the street as people have stockpiled more food than they can eat and local authorities have also been forced to scale back bin collections due to staff sickness.

With the country now starting its second week of lockdown, bin collectors have been off sick and several authorities have stopped collecting food and garden waste, with many workers self-isolating to protect themselves and their families.

Thanks to many stockpiling food, streets are lined with overflowing bins and food is left to rot on the side of the road.

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Local authorities, including Manchester City Council and Wealdon District Council have all cut back on food and garden waste collections.

Wealden District Council shared a photo of food waste, branding those responsible 'Covidiots'.

A spokesperson said: "Stockpiling food - what a waste.

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"Here's some of the food our bin crews have had to dispose of in recent days - thrown away as it was past its sell by date.

"Please shop responsibly, only buy what you need, or freeze what you can't use. Don't be a Covidiot, love food and hate waste."

Credit: Wealden Council
Credit: Wealden Council

Following the outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent nationwide lockdown, people cleared the shops of most things, before it turned out there was actually no need to.

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A councillor in Derby called people out last week for being wasteful in a pretty scathing tweet.

In the waste you can see full loaves of bread, packets of cooked meat and fresh fruit, all piled next to and in recycling bins - a clear sign that panic buying fresh food is quite clearly a pointless pursuit.

Featured Image Credit: Georgie Gillard/Daily Mail

Topics: uk news, Coronavirus

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