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WRT how I behaved in the light of the waste collection operatives' actions

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EugenesAxe Fri 12-Apr-13 10:10:51

This morning the aforementioned managed to drop (what I presumed was) one of our nappies out of the bin bag onto the road. I was looking at it from inside the house wondering if it was a nappy, when they drove over it at speed and splurged the insides onto the road.

I retrieved the main bulk of it and then sloshed disinfectant over the rest... at which point I noticed that quite a big bit of poo (maybe the size of an orange segment) was still on the road surface. I didn't pick that up though.

I dropped a note to the waste department of the local council, as I thought it was a bit rank of them to potentially endanger public health in this way. Am I being a complete hypocrite though, given I didn't get my Marigolds on and retrieve the bit of poo?

Tortington Fri 12-Apr-13 10:12:26

no, they shouldn't have left it in first place, you may want to re-e-mail them and tell them to get road cleaners out

daveydavidson Fri 12-Apr-13 10:15:35

Maybe he just didn't see it? Bin men don't get a bad wage for what they do, but it must be a pretty awful job anyway! Bit mean of you to complain. It's not like they leave a trail of rubbish in their wake, unless they usually do? It's only a single nappy!

CloudsAndTrees Fri 12-Apr-13 10:19:10

I would complain, it's poo FFS, and even if it wasn't, they are supposed to pick up what hey drop. It's not that hard for them to have a quick look behind them and check each time they empty a bin, that pretty basic stuff.

YANBU to not have done it yourself. Presumably you pay council tax so that other people with the correct protective gear can do it for you.

IAmJacksRagingBileDuct Fri 12-Apr-13 10:26:39

Davey you must be in a different part if the country to me, DF drives the dust and he has to work overtime sometimes 7 days a week to earn enough to pay the bills, and I know as the driver he has a better wage than the loaders so they must really struggle.

I think OP it depends, a tiny nappy could easily have accidentally gone unnoticed even if they are doing their job and checking as they go. However someone needs to clear the poo off the road so it probably isn't BU to call and let them know what happened.

Having said that, round here one more lump of shit on the pavement would probably just blend in with the multiple piles of dog turd left everywhere sad

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Fri 12-Apr-13 10:28:03

Protective gear? Really? For your own kids poo?

daveydavidson Fri 12-Apr-13 10:32:28

Oh now you've made me feel guilty jacksraging! I didn't give them a tip this year because we're pretty skint. FIL told me they earn a lot... he's obviously wrong then!

newfavouritething Fri 12-Apr-13 10:32:32

YABU putting poo in the bin in the first place - why do people do this? Flush it away. Gross.

kinkyfuckery Fri 12-Apr-13 10:40:54

Are your kids shites toxic?

CloudsAndTrees Fri 12-Apr-13 10:45:01

You might not need protective gear for your own child's poo, but then your child's poo isn't usually found on the side of the road, and it wouldn't have been in this case if they had been doing their job properly.

Really, it's not that difficult, picking up the rubbish is a pretty fundamental part of being a rubbish collector wouldn't you say? They get paid more than I do as a TA, and I don't think I'd get away with making the excuse that 'I just didn't see it' when something was happening that shouldn't have been.

daveydavidson Fri 12-Apr-13 10:45:02

Did you actually read what happened newfavouritething? the poo was squished out of a nappy... I doubt the OP and her family wrap up their poos and put them in the bin....

newfavouritething Fri 12-Apr-13 10:58:47

I doubt the OP and her family wrap up their poos and put them in the bin....

but that's EXACTLY what they're doing. Wrapping up poo and putting it in the bin - it is a very horrible habit - flush it away - it's not exactly rocket science is it!

EugenesAxe Fri 12-Apr-13 11:15:44

We have a nappy bin; pooey ones go in it. Sorry if that offends you newfavourite but I can't think of a more efficient way to do it really, using disposables.

All poo potentially contains e-coli doesn't it? I thought the germ lives happily in your gut. It would have been a bit squishy... got under my nails and stuff. I think given the choice I'd don rubber gloves.

ElleMcFearsome Fri 12-Apr-13 11:17:21

Surely you scrape the poo off into the loo before you put the nappy into the nappy bin? Or am I weird??

bonzoed Fri 12-Apr-13 11:24:46

ElleMcFearSome, you are not weird. Poo from a nappy goes in the loo, not landfill. Its gross to expect the bin man to have to deal with it and it's gross to leave poo in a nappy, in landfill for eternity - unless its newborn runny stuff that soaks in.

If it is beneath a parent to put their own child's poo in the loo, they should at least arrange their rubbish bin so that the nappy can't fall out.

Floralnomad Fri 12-Apr-13 11:29:04

Surely if you are putting shitty nappies in the bin bags its up to you to double bag or something to ensure that the contents stay in the bags . Being a bin man must be one of the most thankless jobs about .

BeckAndCall Fri 12-Apr-13 11:29:21

Surely the best and most hygienic way to dispose of poo from a nappy is to tip it down the loo? Can't understand how a lumpy bit of poo would be in a nappy you've put in the bin? (Unless you were out and couldn't get to a loo when you changed your DC, for instance?)

CloudsAndTrees Fri 12-Apr-13 11:32:07

It makes no difference how OP chooses to dispose of her rubbish, or her child's poo.

The point is that if the bin man dropped something, they should pick it up. That their job. It is irrelevant whether we are talking about poo or potato peelings. If it ended up on the ground while the bin man was handling it, it is his responsibility to pick it up.

HolidayArmadillo Fri 12-Apr-13 11:35:40

shock Do people actually scrape poo out of disposable nappies? I had no idea I was doing it so wrong!

MrsEricBana Fri 12-Apr-13 11:36:19

Yes bin man's responsibility but presume not very securely tied up bags if a soiled nappy just fell out. I would have just harrumphed and scooped it all up, tied it up in a carrier and put it in bin for next collection. Wouldn't have disinfected the road as don't see dog owners doing that after they bag and bin and it was on the actual road. I don't want to be harsh but seems like making too much of this.

specialsubject Fri 12-Apr-13 11:38:39

animals will excrete on the road, you don't need to disinfect it.

flush the poo off the nappies in future, and tie up your bin bags. Don't waste everyone's council tax with a complaint.

daveydavidson Fri 12-Apr-13 11:41:31

Glad holiday armadillo iis as shock as me. People actually get their DC's nappies and scape the shite out of it and flush? As in newborns that do it 10times a day?????

DS is now slightly more continent at 20months so is in reusables and the liner and poo gets flushed. I've never EVER heard of people flushing poo from disposables!

pomdereplay Fri 12-Apr-13 11:44:01

Glad others have mentioned flushing poo first. We use cloth anyway so all poos go down the loo anyway but I thought this was what everybody did. Just not nice to have nappies full of crap sitting in the bin, and even less pleasant to expect a bin man to pick it up when it should've been flushed away in the first place. I had the idea it wasn't actually legal to put faeces in a household waste bin anyway -- though do correct me if Ian wrong. Ick.

Shutupanddrive Fri 12-Apr-13 11:45:42

Who scrapes poo off nappies? With what? I never have shock

Fenton Fri 12-Apr-13 11:45:44

I think you just need to review your bagging process in future.

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