Peter, 96, gets the pip as council won’t empty his green bin with apples in

Peter Jinks, 96, has placed windfall apples in the green bin since it was introduced 10 years ago.

But officials say only “grass cuttings and cut-back vegetation” can go in it and residents have to use a domestic waste bin for “windfall fruit”.

Outraged Peter, who has an apple tree in his garden, believes he should get more for his £48 annual fee.

He said: “Everybody puts their apples in the green bin for garden recycling waste. Any gardener would be left baffled if they were told different.

“I’m extremely annoyed as I have had to wait another 10 days.

“The full-up bin has been left as a monument at the end of my drive due to their incompetence.

“If I were to put my apples in the domestic waste bin, it will attract unwanted insects, it makes no sense as to why they won’t accept it as garden waste.

“I wonder what TV gardening expert Monty Don does with his falling apples?”

Peter, of Lydiard Millicent, a village of 1,600 people, near Swindon, Wiltshire, says he does not want to take his apples to the local tip because workers will turn him away and point him in the direction of a garden waste container.


A Wiltshire County Council spokesman said: “Our garden waste bins can take grass cuttings and cut-back vegetation which is then composted under controlled conditions in order to meet stringent quality standards.

“Meeting these standards means the composted product is marketable and avoids going to landfill.

“This long-standing arrangement means certain items cannot be put in the bins.

“This information is clearly sent out to residents and available on our website. We have never been able to accept windfall fruit in the garden waste bin.”

The spokesman said people could buy a “Green Johanna” food waste system from the authority at a discount – but defiant Peter is refusing to give up his fight.

He said: “They think that if they leave it, you will get bored and give up.”

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