Fed-up pensioners have hit out at their housing association after it sold their bin shed and forced them to dump their rubbish in a heap.
A2 Housing Group sold the strip of land near the block in Vicarage Farm Road, Hounslow, to developers who were building nearby 18 months ago.
After a number of complaints the property was supplied with recycling bins, but 80-year-old resident Elizabeth Curmey said this is simply not good enough.
"They took that bin shed away without anyone's consent and now we have nowhere to put our waste.
"They just get thrown in front of those recycling bins which means that even if you did want to recycle you wouldn't be able to reach them."
"Because there are no actual bins, we get rats and birds opening the bags and throwing everything about."
A spokesperson for A2 Housing Group said: "We can confirm that we sold a small piece of land which was used as a bin area for our homes in Houston Court, Hounslow, to a developer on condition that the bin store would be re-built.
"This land has since changed hands with another developer which has caused a delay in the re-development of the area.
"The new developers have agreed to re-build the bin store, but due to parking restrictions they have not been allowed to carry out the necessary works. This issue has been resolved, and the developers are hoping to complete the works by the end of the week."