Wheelie Bin News Roundup 7th May
Residents in some parts of Glasgow have been angered by a decision to replace their wheelie bins. A £6.5 million programme has been set in motion to replace the smaller metal wheelie bins which the council say are not fit for purpose. But this has left some residents facing the prospect of having to drag their wheelie bins down flights of steps.
One woman said there is no room to store bins at the back of her property, so to put it out for collection, she would have to pull it through her house and down 20 steps. Some streets aren’t accessible for refuse vehicles, so this has added to the headache. The council said they are working with residents to find a viable solution.
A man has been fined for illegally burning waste on his land in County Durham. He was fined £5,800, ordered to pay £2,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80 after a successful prosecution was brought against him by the Environment Agency. After receiving information about the possible illegal burning of waste, Environment Agency officers went to the man’s property and spoke to him, but they did not see any evidence of the waste.
But soon after, the council contacted the agency again to say it had received further complaints about illegal waste burning on his land. When the agency attended his property again, they saw evidence of a fire burning. They also recorded evidence of a large pile of waste which contained a plastic wheelie bin, garden waste, paper, and household electrical appliances. He tried to tell the officers that he was only burning bedding from a pig sty, but images of the man burning other types of waste were enough to prosecute him. The Environment Agency said they were happy with the result and that environmental laws were there to protect the environment and communities. They also encouraged anyone with information on waste crime to contact Crimestoppers.
Residents in Worcester are being told to keep their wheelie bins locked away to avoid identity theft. A police spokesperson said that thieves can root through bins to find out sensitive information about people, which might be in letters or documents that have been thrown away. The information can then be used to steal people’s identity. The spokesperson added that residents should keep bins securely stored until collection day and urged them to shred all confidential documentation.