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British trash workers back at work

Jan. 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM

LONDON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Sanitation workers in Britain are resuming their collection of trash that piled up after snow and holidays delayed their work, officials said.

Some homes accumulated up to a month's worth of rubbish after collections were canceled because of bad weather and the holidays, The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday.

Some people think sanitation services will only get worse as many municipalities are forced to cut back because of budget shortfalls.

"We need to think again about how we maintain these basic services over the holiday period," said Bob Neill, a local government official. "People do produce a lot of rubbish over Christmas and it is disappointing that in some cases councils haven't showed more initiative about how to ensure people still get the services they pay for.

"People do produce a lot of rubbish over Christmas, and it is disappointing that in some cases councils haven't showed more initiative about how to ensure people still get the services they pay for."

Many communities canceled garbage pickup after heavy snowfalls in mid-December made it dangerous for workers to carry bags on slippery surfaces.

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