A COLLECTION scheme for recycled household waste got off a chaotic start on the first day.
A brand new vehicle bought by Hyndburn Council to pick up blue boxes for recycled material, broke down in Great Harwood because of a hydraulic failure in the tipping system.
The breakdown threw the new system into chaos as rubbish pick-ups were delayed.
Blue boxes left out for collection first thing in the morning remained full and were still lining the roadside in the evening.
Chief Environmental Officer Mr Steve Todd said: "Inevitably the planned rounds were disrupted. The recycling team worked until 9pm on Monday to complete the rounds, but understandably some residents had taken the boxes in by then. We do apologise and ask residents to bear with us during these first collections.''
Mr Todd said: "Other councils who have introduced similar schemes have said that it does take time for people to become familiar with the new way of dealing with waste.''
He said: "We did anticipate there would be some overtime required because of the bedding in of the new system.''
A total of 6,000 homes with gardens have been given a green wheelie bin for garden waste and a grey one for non-re-recyclable materials and this scheme is be extended to terraced properties in Accrington and Church in June.
The council is under instruction from the Government to boost the amount of waste it recycles. A sum of £275,000 for the recycling programme has come from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.