A pile of rubbish in Birmingham
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Backlog of rubbish mounting up in parts of the UK

A combination of severe winter weather and the Christmas break has led to a backlog of rubbish waiting to be collected in parts of the country.

Many councils have asked crews to work through the bank holiday to try to clear the backlog.

In Birmingham the situation was made worse by industrial action which led to binmen walking out before Christmas in a pay dispute and subsequently working to rule.

Mark Worthington reports.

  • 03 Jan 2011