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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.
Someone's food waste bin. This is the result of panic buying. #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/lUl5Yss7Jx
- Scott Pointon (@scottapointon) March 25, 2020
Thanks to many stockpiling food, streets are lined with overflowing bins and food is left to rot on the side of the road.
Local authorities, including Manchester City Council and Wealdon District Council have all cut back on food and garden waste collections.
Like all key workers in this difficult time, our waste collectors are putting themselves at a higher risk while carrying out their duties. :pray:
To help both them and you, we're asking that food waste be reduced or reused where possible. :green_apple:
Learn more at: https://t.co/9klROg6brA pic.twitter.com/lFncoahA8Z
- Manchester City Council (@ManCityCouncil) March 31, 2020
Wealden District Council shared a photo of food waste, branding those responsible 'Covidiots'.
A spokesperson said: "Stockpiling food - what a waste.
"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."
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.
A councillor in Derby called people out last week for being wasteful in a pretty scathing tweet.
to all the people in this great city of ours in Derby, if you have gone out & panic bought like a lot of you have & stacked up your houses with unnecessary items you don't normally buy or you have bought in more food than you need, then you need to take a good look @ yourself pic.twitter.com/fpYdGBu6M4
- Ajit Singh Atwal (@AtwalAjit) March 27, 2020
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.
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