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To have confronted my neighbours over this?

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TrustyPatches Sun 29-Jan-17 19:52:35

Over the last few months we've had a few occasions where our recycling bin hasn't been collected. There are four people living in our house and we have a lot of waste so it really inconveniences us when we don't have space in the bin for our rubbish. We've seen next door's grown up kids putting crap in our bin that wouldn't be classed as recycling on a few occasions (plastic bags and food etc) but we usually just take it out when we notice it. Over Christmas we spent a good few weeks without a bin which was infuriating to say the least.
Today whilst we were in the sitting room we noticed their eldest (adult) daughter and her partner putting food in our bin, laughing and gesturing towards our house. My partner and I both seen them do it. He went next door to speak to them and she was extremely rude, eventually closing the door. I heard the whole exchange. She initially denied it was them then she shut off when my partner said he'd seen them. It finished with her telling us through the window not to have any parcels of ours delivered there. Over the past few weeks I've taken three parcels in for them.
Our relationship with them was great prior to this. Now their kids are grown up we've had a few issues with loud music in the evenings, house parties that have spilled out onto the street and there was a fight in the street a few months ago quite late in the evening. This kind of thing usually happens when the parents are away and they sometimes catch wind of it when they come back. If they do they always apologise, we have never mentioned it. They always post a card at Christmas and I personally knocked with a gift for their new grandchild a couple of weeks ago.
Was I being unreasonable to confront their daughter over this? We explained if it was a bit of cardboard or whatever we wouldn't have been bothered but food waste means we then have to take it out of the bin and if we don't see it then we go without!

ConvincingLiar Sun 29-Jan-17 19:57:24

They're arseholes. I suppose you could have confronted the kids directly, but then that'd no doubt had them whining.

MakingMyWayThroughTown Sun 29-Jan-17 21:38:21

YANBU
Sounds like the grown up kids are little sh**s to me.

ohtheholidays Sun 29-Jan-17 21:50:11

If you get on well with they're parents then I'd have a word with them,tell them you've had a letter from the local council saying they will no longer take your recycling bin if it has items in it that can't be recycled,they won't know it's not the truth wink

With the other issues with they're spoilt brats if there's any more trouble,fights in the street,music far to loud far to late then report it.
With things like fighting ring the Police,you don't have to give your name!
With the noise contact your local council(if you look online you should find details of who to make a complaint to), again you don't have to give your details,tell them you can't because your worried about repercussions.

DJBaggySmalls Sun 29-Jan-17 21:51:21

YWNBU, they sound like bad neighbours.

Glastonbury Sun 29-Jan-17 21:51:40

I would take out anything that you notice and put it on their doorstep. They will soon get the message.

TrustyPatches Sun 29-Jan-17 22:56:33

Thanks for all your replies. Written down they do sound like bad neighbours to be honest but I guess they're the best of a bad bunch in my area, I'm furious with how she reacted to something so trivial when we have put up with a lot from them the past few months! Hopefully I'll bump into their parents in the next few days so I can have a word. We have a young baby in the house too and sometimes the noise coming from their place makes it obvious they have no respect for us anyway!

SundialShadow Mon 30-Jan-17 00:13:35

Cut them off from being able to access the bins with a wheelie bin lock.

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