Residents Leave Bins Out Because
‘They Don’t Like Pulling Them Long Distances’

When you put your bin out, do you bring it back in as soon as your rubbish has been collected? And if you do, do you get frustrated at your neighbours for leaving their bins out for days on end, blocking pavements and generally making the street a bit of an eyesore?

Well a councillor in Warrington has claimed that residents on council estates leave their bins out because they ‘don’t like pulling them long distances.’

His comments came after a council development management committee approved a housing association’s plans to build four two-bed affordable apartments on a council-owned site. Even though the plans were approved, councillors at the meeting raised concerns about bins being left out and claimed that the site has inadequate access for refuse vehicles, meaning that residents would have to pull their bins to a collection point. The councillor who spoke out added that the problem is common on many council estates, and wheelie bins are left out for days.

But another councillor took a more optimistic view and made the point that affordable housing is being built, and the inconvenience to people in relation to having to wheel their bins a short distance is minor.

left out

Why you shouldn’t leave your wheelie bins in the street

However inconvenient you feel that taking your bins out and bringing them in is, sticking to the rules will potentially save you a lot of bother like:

Your bin becoming a target for thieves, vandals, and arsonists:

Many councils are charging people for replacement bins now, even if they are damaged or stolen. The dark nights, and a wheelie bin left out in the street can be too much temptation for thieves and vandals.

Getting a warning or a fine from the council:

Check your council’s website for the rules, but many councils stipulate that your bin shouldn’t be left out too early on the evening before collection, and that it should be put out early on the morning of your collection. You should always take it in as soon as possible after your collection, or you risk a warning or fine from the council. If you’re going to be working late, ask a neighbour to bring your bin in and return the favour for them.

Causing or facing an obstruction on your street:

Wheelie bins can obstruct pavements, and there are stories of parents with pushchairs and disabled people having to walk on the road because the wheelie bins are blocking their way. This is clearly unsafe.

Got a wheelie bin? Bring it in!