The Christchurch City Council is following up on complaints about a property that's overrun with rubbish.

The Addington address is bursting at the seams with donated whiteware, bicycles, scrap metal and other items.

There's not a spare piece of ground on the section - the house is surrounded by piles of items.

The house tenant, who calls himself Pastor Philip, says the goods are being ripped apart and recycled for charity.

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He admits a lot of the stuff, which he says has been donated, is absolute rubbish.

Pastor Philip says it costs him about $1000 a month to dump other people's unwanted items - money that could go towards charity ventures.