Coronation Street actor Colson Smith has claimed he’s become ‘petrified’ to leave the house after his neighbours branded him an ‘inconsiderate a**e’ in a row over the recycling.
Colson – who lives with his co-star Ben Price – shared his shame at throwing out his discarded rubbish in ‘one big box’ to find someone had fished through his items and put them in the correct place.
The Craig Tinker actor said he was further embarrassed to find a Facebook post had been made about his recycling fail.
Opening up about the incident on the Sofa Cinema Club podcast, Colson, 22, said: “My delivery boxes I get every week I can’t recycle because they’ve got polystyrene and ice packs in.
“I just chuck it all into one big box, recycle the other, but chuck everything else into one big box and put that in the bin.”
Ben, 48, who played Nick Tilsey in the ITV soap, joked the box Colson was referring to is the size “of another flat”.
“I feel like knocking on everyone’s door and apologising,” said a mortified Colson.
“By the bins we saw two empty boxes that weren’t in the recycling bin and I said, ‘Ben, they’re my boxes.’
“Somebody had fished all my rubbish out of the boxes and left the boxes. I genuinely, hand on heart, didn’t realise I was doing something wrong.
“I think someone was peed off that it should’ve been put in the recycling bin.
I’d filled up the cardboard box with rubbish and used the box itself as a bin and then chucked it in the bin. I thought it was [OK].”
He continued: “But now the recycling bins have been locked down so you can only put it in through the little post box, and there’s a post on Facebook of somebody ranting about the ‘inconsiderate a**e that’s ruined it for everyone else’. That’s me.
“My mum said I should do what I did this week – basically use two black bin bags. I had to put all the polystyrene balls in one bag, all the side pieces and ice packs in one pack, and fold the boxes down.
“I’m basically walking around the flat now, from the minute I get in the lift to the minute I get out, keeping my head down. I’m petrified.”
Colson and Ben said they had an awkward encounter with their concierge when they accidentally took their rubbish to the reception floor.
“We can’t literally get out of the lift we’ve got that much cardboard. Colson, embarrassed, faces away. The concierge goes, ‘Thanks lads.’ Absolute cringe,” recalled Ben.
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