Rat's long wait

I RECEIVED a belated Christmas present last week when returning from walking my dog Buster in the form of a half-dead brown rat that had been left at my back door. I’m guessing by one of the local cats! It’s not the first time I’ve seen a rat in the area as sightings of them have been quite common of late, but it’s the worst state I have seen one in for a long time.

Struggling to contain my shock, I did what any man would do in such a situation and hid inside the utility room to formulate a plan on how to put this poor creature out of its misery. When I had mustered up the courage to go and do what needed to be done my state of mind was sent further into chaos when I returned to the back door to witness my dog Buster with the dying rat in his mouth, wagging his tail in delight as he often does with his when stealing one of my slippers. After chasing Buster around the garden, shovel in hand, I finally managed to release the rat from his mouth and put him out of his misery.

Worse was to come though when I realised I had nowhere to put the dead rat as my bin was already overflowing from the mass of Christmas rubbish. After making a bit of space I had to place the dead rat in a Christmas box at the top of bin for a whole week awaiting the next collection. Every time I had to try and squeeze another few bits of rubbish in I was reminded of the tragic incident.

With smaller bins set to replace the limited general rubbish bins, we already will the Council consider starting to double up the bin collections over the festive period to help families cope with the huge amounts of waste generated? I understand that resources are limited and there are green/recycling targets to meet but surely an extra collection at Christmas is a possibility to help avoid such awkward moments like the one I experienced.

Matthew Pimm Milton Road Newport

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11:10am Tue 7 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

Quite right, why hasn't Newport CC an rat collection day ! (Has April 1st come early you think)....
Quite right, why hasn't Newport CC an rat collection day ! (Has April 1st come early you think).... Mervyn James

2:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

A half-dead rat could easily make it to the top of Labour's candidate selection process. As a councillor or AM he may have looked on your request with benevolence in return for your kindness.
A half-dead rat could easily make it to the top of Labour's candidate selection process. As a councillor or AM he may have looked on your request with benevolence in return for your kindness. Llanmartinangel

7:57pm Tue 7 Jan 14

keithbob says...

nice story matthew,but seriously newport city council need to reconsider the idea of smaller bins,it can only lead to more dumping hence more rats.
pied piper comes to mind!,or will they pay for a modern day ratcatcher.aka head of resources!?
nice story matthew,but seriously newport city council need to reconsider the idea of smaller bins,it can only lead to more dumping hence more rats. pied piper comes to mind!,or will they pay for a modern day ratcatcher.aka head of resources!? keithbob

8:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

welshmen says...

All meat in the Brown bin....
All meat in the Brown bin.... welshmen

9:55am Wed 8 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

Whilst I had some spare time on my hands last week I decided to do a little (very early) spring cleaning, including getting rid of some of the junk from the attic that had been quietly building up over the past year.

As a result, both the recycling and general waste bins are full to the brim and I still have a further 6 black bags to dispose of. I'm in the fortunate position of being able to visit the tip (when I get round to it) but if not I would be faced with the prospect of storing all this rubbish in the garden and feeding it into the bin over the next couple of month's worth of bi-weekly collections.
Whilst I had some spare time on my hands last week I decided to do a little (very early) spring cleaning, including getting rid of some of the junk from the attic that had been quietly building up over the past year. As a result, both the recycling and general waste bins are full to the brim and I still have a further 6 black bags to dispose of. I'm in the fortunate position of being able to visit the tip (when I get round to it) but if not I would be faced with the prospect of storing all this rubbish in the garden and feeding it into the bin over the next couple of month's worth of bi-weekly collections. _Bryan_

10:27am Wed 8 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

I had to get a skip cost me £120 they wouldn't take anything in the bins.
I had to get a skip cost me £120 they wouldn't take anything in the bins. Mervyn James

10:51pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Spinflight says...

Matthew should have nominated it to stand for the tories at the next election!

It seems when the binmen do visit they often refuse to take the rubbish away with them. No wonder rats are an increasing hazard...

chairman@ukipnewport
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Matthew should have nominated it to stand for the tories at the next election! It seems when the binmen do visit they often refuse to take the rubbish away with them. No wonder rats are an increasing hazard... chairman@ukipnewport .com Spinflight

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