THEY spend their spare time picking up rubbish and making sure the streets of their genteel Regency town sparkle.
But now 30 volunteer litter-pickers of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire — famed for its healing waters — have been accused by refuse collectors of doing the dirty on them.
It all came to a head on World Environment Day when members of Leam Trash Friends were confronted by angry binmen who accused them of stealing their jobs.
A spokesperson explained: ‘The council had agreed for the con- tractors to collect the waste from us, even going to the extent of agreeing what they would and would not take.
‘They were walking back and forth staring continuously at some of the volunteers and being aggressive. They were demanding our risk assessment and repeatedly refusing to remove the waste, saying the council had told them not to. They were swearing and said, “It’s people like you doing us out of work”.’
The spokesperson added: ‘I’m still in shock at their behaviour. It is not acceptable in any way shape or form. I’m very disheartened and upset to say the least.
‘When people volunteer for us we must ensure we provide a safe, pleasant working environment for them to undertake work. Under no circumstances do we accept the behaviour displayed.’
Warwick District Council confirmed it had been made aware of a complaint and was launching an investigation into the incident with contractors Veolia.