Residents of Hounslow have rubbished the council's announcement to scrap weekly landfill collections and boost recycling .

The plans have caused a stink among residents with more than 100 comments on the issue on getwestlondon's Facebook page , with many people claiming the move by Hounslow Council will see "more flytipping" and "rats as big as cats".

People are also worried about the stench, bin sizes and food packaging which is not recyclable.

Flytipping in Feltham
Residents claim current landfill bins are too small as new fortnightly collection announced for houses in Hounslow

Sophia Khan commented: "Gna see more rats n foxes on our road (sic)" while Richard Thompson mentioned the biggest issue is the materials goods are packaged in with "too many layers and made of non biodegradable plastics".

Other comments included "Oh no! This is awful!" and "watch the rat population rocket."

The recycling changes will affect householders from June 5, with fortnightly landfill waste beginning July 10.

Currently black bin collection is weekly.

Sonia Matharoo commented: "I recycle but it's still a problem. Because of neighbours and others dumping in our bin. Need a bigger bin if fortnightly.

Andrea Best's message read: "Ridiculous, they want ur rubbish to rot for two weeks?? The whole point of paying council tax is surely for things including weekly bin collections. A service that everybody needs, two weeks is rediculous with such a tiny bin (sic)."

Rubbish in Hounslow

Parents with babies and toddlers also raised some issues.

Rhona Fisher who recycles but has two toddlers said: "I have two under two's and almost fill a bin a week with just nappies! Recycling isnt an issue... we do that as do most round here."

Another mum, Jessica Mahoney said it was a "terrible idea", commenting "with two young children in nappies we struggle to cope with just the small bin. We recycle as much as possible and compost in the garden but for busy families fortnightly collection is just nonsense!"

Recycle 360 collection crew before their first shift
Recycle 360 recycling and waste collection contractors in Hounslow

Lauren Manning wrote: "We recycle pretty much everything anyway so this is good..but.. Im not vest pleased with having nappies and cat poo sat in the bins for two weeks roting in the sun! (sic)"

Meanwhile resident Jo Lewis mentioned the move was "Good for single people, bad for larger families with babies in nappies, and the elderly."

However there has been some positive reaction to the news.

Joanne Bryenton isn't worried about the changes.

Her comments read: "We are a family of 3 with baby in nappies and manage fairly easily.

"We all just need to be more aware of what we are throwing away and recycle what we can."️

Meanwhile, Jemma Quinn wrote: "If u recycle properly this shouldn't be a problem I have a household of 4 people and 4 cats and we only go through 1 black bag a week but recycling bags we probably go though at least 8 bags and a full food bin."

Despite the worries, people living in neighbouring borough Ealing where fortnightly collections have already been introduced said the changes are "working extremely well."

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We promised you a greener, cleaner borough and that is what we are doing with the introduction of the new weekly recycling collections for houses.

“We need residents’ help to recycle more so we achieve our recycling target of 50% by 2019 and save £1.3 million a year which could be used protect other vital council services.

“Many residents throw items away as rubbish when they could and should be recycled instead.

"We hope this weekly recycling collection will help residents realise just how much they can and do recycle before all other rubbish is collected every two weeks starting on July 10 2017.

"With more recycling, the amount of other rubbish will decrease and residents will see the huge benefits of this.”

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