A charity shop worker from Radlett has complained that rubbish keeps being dumped outside the building.
The volunteer, who requested to stay anonymous, said that on some mornings she is unable to get into the shop as the rubbish blocks the doorway.
She says the waste is a mixture of general rubbish and donations that are left outside and the shop has to pay for someone to take it away.
She said: “We are not a dump for rubbish. We have to pay for it to get taken away. It’s disheartening because I walk in dreading what’s going to face me in the doorway. The other day, it was piled at the door at 7.30am and I had to move it all just to get in. Sometimes it will take me nearly an hour to move all of the stuff.
“If people are leaving donations, they should only do so during our opening hours. If they leave it outside, we can’t use it because we don’t know what has happened to it.”
Another charity shop in Radlett has also been experiencing problems with waste, leaving staff with the job of clearing it up.
One volunteer described how people regularly go through their bins in the night.
She said: “We have two industrial bins and they empty the lot; it’s terrible. When it was minus seven degrees, I was having to come in and clear it up – my hands were on the verge of frostbite.”