DRUMCHAPEL bins have been left to overflow "for weeks" despite the installation of "innovative" new ones, a councillor has claimed.

Councillor Paul Carey slammed Glasgow City Council for allegedly failing to pick up piles of rubbish which has been gathering in bins throughout the area and spilling over into the street.

The new rubbish cans were installed in place of the former pole bins, which were attached to, for example, lamp posts.

Despite being larger, Cllr Carey claims the new bins are slightly farther apart which means they can fill up just as quick as their smaller counterparts.

Cllr Carey said: "Some constituents have come to me complaining these bins are lying for weeks without being emptied.

“This administration removed the pole mounted bins throughout my ward and the city claiming that these bins are more innovative and less resource intensive.

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"The administration also claim that the new bins have technology that indicates to them when the bins are full."

He added: “The problem is that this administration has cut back the cleansing budgets significantly over their years in charge resulting in not enough staff to empty these bins.

"Therefore, we have bins like this lying in my ward and not being emptied resulting in the rubbish being scattered all over the place.”

However, council chiefs insisted the bins are not equipped with sensors at all times.

Instead, the technology was used when the larger bins initially appeared on the street and replaced the pole cans.

This allowed staff to build data which, alongside other evidence such as calls from the public, formed a pattern to identify busier periods.

Thus, allowing the cleansing department to determine when the bin may be most likely to need emptied.

However, a spokesman for the council urged those living in the area to contact officers if they spotted the bins were reaching their peak.

A spokesman said: “The service hasn’t received reports of any problems in this area, but will look into it.

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"Residents can help us react to busy spots or higher-than-expected use by reporting any issues directly to us.”

The local authority has its own app, My Glasgow, which can be used to make complaints of overflowing bins.

Otherwise, reports can be made via the Glasgow City Council website or helpline.