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Last Updated: Friday, 23 June 2006, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Woman blocks bin men in protest
A Derbyshire woman has used her car to block a bin lorry in her street in a protest about rubbish collections.

Marie Falconbridge from Denby took the action after she was told her wheelie bins would not be emptied because the lids were slightly ajar.

She said she was also protesting that the fortnightly services are not meeting the needs of residents.

A spokesperson from Amber Valley Borough Council said that open wheelie bins were a health hazard.

Recycling collections

Ms Falconbridge said: "I was absolutely appalled. What am I supposed to do with all that waste for another week?

"I phoned the council and I didn't get any joy from them at all, so I had to take the action that I took."

She was also protesting about the authority's waste service, which means rubbish and recyclable waste are collected on alternate weeks.

"What they've provided us with is two small plastic boxes. What we need are actually wheelie bins which everybody else has," she added.

A council spokesperson said that the rubbish and recycling collection system was part of a wider policy issued by central government.

Ms Falconbridge eventually moved her car when the police arrived at the scene on Thursday.

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