Angry North Kensington residents have trashed their housing company after a Trellick Tower rubbish chute was left blocked for six weeks.
The troublesome chute in Trellick Tower, Golborne Road, which was only installed at the end of last year, has been left overflowing since the beginning of January after a large piece of furniture became wedged part way down the chute.
Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO), which runs the tower, told residents to leave their bags next to the chute and they would be collected every morning.
But some stinky bags were left outside lifts, and Trellick Tower residents feared rats and mice would be lured inside the building.
Mervyn Wilkes, who lives on the ninth floor, said: "The TMO spent a lot of money putting the chute in, and it's just not big enough for tenants to put their rubbish down, it's as simple as that. It's not just the smell that's bad, I'm also worried about mice."
Another resident, who preferred not to give her name, added: "I came out of the lifts and rubbish was piled about a metre high. It's smelly and it stinks. One evening, I'd asked a friend round to my house and I felt really embarrassed.
"There were bags of rubbish right outside the lift, and some hadn't even been tied together at the top."
She added that she felt the TMO had not kept her informed of what was being done about the blocked chute.
A TMO spokesman said: "Unfortunately because some people have been abusing the chute it is having to be rebuilt by the installers and work on that is scheduled for the next few days. Our cleaning contractors arrive between 8am and 9am each day to clear rubbish bags from the allocated area.
"Some signs indicating where the allocated area is have been removed, possibly by vandals, but are being replaced.
"We would urge all residents to place their bags in the allocated area until the chute is repaired, but in the meantime we will ensure the bags left by the lifts will be collected."