HUNDREDS of homes have been left without a refuse collection service after a plant-hire company repossessed a fleet of bin trucks from the local council.
The eight trucks were repossessed last Tuesday from Galway City Council, leaving homeowners in the lurch. As a result, brown bins for compost waste were not collected in areas of Galway city including Salthill, Threadneedle Road, Renmore and Taylor's Hill.
Managing director of Holden Plant Rentals Paul Holden said his workers took back the eight trucks as his company is no longer in contract with Galway City Council and the trucks are needed for work elsewhere.
Mr Holden said the council received numerous warnings that the trucks would be taken back by the company, but claimed his advice was ignored.
Mr Holden's contract with the council expired last September and he said he had correspondence from them confirming that a new contract had been awarded to another company.
Galway City Council said it was still in the middle of a tendering process for the lease of a fleet of refuse vehicles.
But Mr Holden said his firm had been in touch with the council on a regular basis informing them they needed the trucks back as they were out of contract.
"In the last week, we were in touch with them daily and gave them seven deadlines but they kept moving the deadline forward," Mr Holden said.
Holden Plant Rentals, which has been operating for 25 years, said it was available to discuss any new contracts that the council wished to offer.
The council said the affected brown bin collections would instead be completed today and normal service would resume on Monday.