‘Pizza addicts’ hoarder piles up £30,000 used snack boxes after ‘handing out lockdown alone’
A “pizza addict” piled up more than £30,000 worth of used takeaway boxes and toilet paper at his flat before concerned neighbors sounded the alarm over the property’s stench.
Video of the filthy one-bedroom apartment in Southampton, Hampshire, taken by professional cleaner Joe Cole, shows almost every inch of the property is inundated with rubbish.
The 43-year-old described it as “one of his worst jobs yet” after he and four employees tackled the hoarder’s mess, which had piled to the ceiling in some rooms.
Mr Cole said the “pizza addict” man, who lived alone in the one-bedroom flat, had been building the mess in recent years after being “stuck” at home throughout lockdown.
Video from the filthy one-bedroom apartment in Southampton, Hampshire shows nearly every inch of the property awash in rubbish, with pizza boxes stacked to the ceiling
An estimated 1,500 takeaway boxes were eventually removed from almost every room, including the bathroom and kitchen where the shower and sink were blocked.
In some rooms and even in the shower, the rubbish was piled three quarters up the walls making it unusable.
Worse, the owner had discarded used toilet paper rolls and chicken bones around the apartment instead of disposing of them.
Clearance specialist Joe has now shared shocking footage of the “landfill-like” property that took the team of five workers three days to clear.
He said: “We couldn’t even force the front door all the way open, we had to squeeze in until we got rid of some items.
“It was just a dump. Everything you would normally throw in your household trash was in this lot – pizza boxes, chicken bones, toilet paper.
The ‘pizza addict’, who lived alone in the one-bedroom flat, had been building the mess in recent years after being ‘stuck’ at home throughout lockdown
“The whole apartment was basically a trash can – worse than a trash can, it was like a landfill.”
Joe shared his shock at the sight, saying even the bedroom was “completely packed” with just a tiny spot for the man to go to bed at night.
“He obviously had a thing for pizza because that was the majority – he must have been addicted to pizza,” adds Joe.
‘It was stacked three quarters up the walls. He had done it neatly in his own way by building a pizza wall around himself.”
The self-confessed ‘Clutter King’ started his business six years ago, starting out with private households before signing deals with a number of local governments and housing associations.
He now does most of his jobs, including this one, that way.
Years of “compacted” food waste created such a stench that his neighbors reported the problem and began clean-up work.
An estimated 1,500 takeaway boxes were eventually removed from almost every room, including the bathroom and kitchen where the shower and sink were blocked
Joe said: “It was a suspension where he just settled on the property over a three year period.
“He was aware of what he was doing but I think it just gets to the point where they can’t do anything about it because it’s too embarrassing for them.
“They will not speak to family members or allow anyone into the property.
“As soon as you start digging and you get to the bottom half where it’s been compacted and god knows how long it’s been there, the smell starts circulating.
“The smell was bad but the windows had been opened for air circulation [following the complaint] so it was probably worse before.’
Joe and four of his workers cleaned up the piles of garbage from the small apartment in three days before taking it to commercial landfills and recycling centers for disposal.
He says that he and his staff find the work and the positive impact on people’s lives “rewarding.”
Joe said: “95 per cent of what was removed there was recycled – it’s something we’re very committed to.
“He was happy that we did it and we’re just happy to finish it, it’s rewarding.”
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