What a load of rubbish

A pile of garbage blocks an entrance to an apartment building in Qingdao, Shandong province, in eastern China as workers clean up one of the units. The authorities started cleaning out the elderly woman's home on Wednesday, with the help of her son,
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A pile of garbage blocks an entrance to an apartment building in Qingdao, Shandong province, in eastern China as workers clean up one of the units. The authorities started cleaning out the elderly woman's home on Wednesday, with the help of her son, after persistent complaints from neighbours over her hoarding of garbage. The woman, who is in her 80s, lives on the fourth storey. Her apartment was so full of rubbish that no one could enter it. The authorities managed to begin clearing the garbage only after her son managed to get her to leave the apartment.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2015, with the headline 'What a load of rubbish'. Print Edition | Subscribe