A TOP councillor has confirmed that thousands of households face a month without having their grey bins emptied.
But refuse collectors will help residents whose bins are overflowing.
Collections were cancelled across Kirklees yesterday and on Wednesday as bin men took part in the two-day council workers’ strike.
More than 80,000 homes missed a collection. Some 20,000 households missed their fortnightly grey bin collection, meaning residents will have to go a month without having their bin emptied.
Clr David Hall, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member responsible for refuse collections, confirmed yesterday there would be no catch-up rounds.
He said: “We began talks with the workers as soon as the strike was called but unfortunately it wasn’t possible to come to a conclusion about whether they would work extra to deal with the backlog.
“Unfortunately a strike like this hits householders.”
However, the council’s environment manager Steve Noble said refuse collectors would help residents whose grey bins are overflowing.
He said: “If people are struggling with grey bin waste they should ring 01484 414 700 and request a collection of the excess waste which is not in the bin.”
Mr Noble added: “We hope to get the regular rounds back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Meanwhile, litter has been left lying on the streets of Huddersfield during the two-day stoppage.
Cowlersley man Mark Chapman was ashamed of the state of the town centre on Wednesday afternoon.
He said: “King Street was strewn with litter because the street-sweepers were on strike.
“Why are we paying people to clean up after ourselves? The public should be using the bins.”