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7:01am 11th May 2012

The people in charge of emptying Cornwall's bins are facing thousands of pounds in fines.

The council is making Cory pay £50 for every one that is missed.

Pirate FM has been inundated with complaints from listeners who have not had rubbish or recycling collected since the system changed at the beginning of April. Thousands have been missed on collection routes.

Paula Phelps lives near Callington and has not had her recycling collected for a month. She said, "We pay council tax and we pay for a service that the council is not providing. It's disgusting. It's been like living next to a tip to be honest. It piles up, people fly tip on top, you get rats ripping it open. It's been a nightmare."

In a statement County Hall said, "One of the aspects of the new waste and recycling collection contract requires the contractor to meet certain performance targets. The targets, which came in effect on 1 May, cover a range of aspects of the contract including the number of missed collections, emptying of bin waste and street cleanliness. Cornwall Council continues to work with Cory Environmental and the service is improving, however we will impose penalties where the contractor fails to meet these targets."

The targets mean that 99.9% of collections have to be met a month. That means that, after 250 collections are missed, the first £50 fine is imposed with another £50 for every missed collection on top of that.

It is not clear how the figures are collated since some listeners have told Pirate FM they have given up telling the council they have been missed.

7:01am 11th May 2012

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