Rubbish collectors have refused to empty more than 1,300 bins in South Ayrshire with the wrong trash inside. 

A total of 1,357 bins have been branded with a red tag and left on the pavement since the council upped recycling efforts. 

Residents have to fish out the banned rubbish again. They then have to get in touch with South Ayrshire Council to ask for their abandoned wheelie bin to be collected on another date. 

The figure was revealed at a full council meeting this week after Councillor Ian Davis asked for information on the number of bins being rejected.  He said residents have voiced “concerns” about the new strict regime. 

He quizzed the Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Ian Cochrane about the process. The Ayr North Conservative politician asked the SNP councillor how many work hours are spent revisiting and emptying snubbed bins. 

In a written response, Councillor Cochrane said: “1,357 bins” were “reported.

He added: “An additional six to seven hours per week are spent dealing with these bins. 

“All returns to services are dealt within existing services.”