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We start this roundup in the London borough of Redbridge, where the council has promised to make ripped bin bags a thing of the past as it rolls out new 180-litre wheelie bins to residents.
It’s hoped that providing people with wheelie bins will put an end to animals ripping open rubbish bags and waste ending up strewn across streets.
Another reason for the wheelie bin investment is that the borough boasts the dubious title of having the fifth highest amount of rubbish collected in England, and it’s hoped that the bins will help keep the streets cleaner and encourage people to recycle more.
Eligible residents will receive their new grey wheelie bin by the end of May along with information on what they can put into it. Things that they can put in the bin will include non-recyclables like nappies, plastic bags, food pouches, black bags, broken toys, drinks glasses, pet waste, food waste, crisp packets, broken crockery, and polystyrene.
Next we head to Hull, where vandals have been on a late-night wheelie bin arson spree, setting multiple wheelie bins alight in several streets.
Emergency services were called to five streets after reports that wheelie bins had been set on fire. Dozens of bins were ablaze in Park Grove, Hinderwell Street, Dover Street, Duesberry Street, and Berkeley Street in the city, and residents frantically rushed out with buckets of water to put out the fires.
Residents say this is the latest in a long line of crimes in the area and added that it’s lucky that it wasn’t later in the night as people might have been asleep.
Luckily, there were no injuries and Humberside Police are working to track down the culprits. Police patrols have been increased in the area in response.
Finally, we head to Harborough in Leicestershire, where the council left Twitter users amused and more than a little confused after it shared an idea for an unconventional Mother’s Day present.
The council tweeted that people who were struggling to find a gift for their mum could buy her a subscription to its garden waste service. The post added that for the subscription fee of £55, garden waste collections would be covered for nine months of the year.
Twitter users were bemused and some asked if the council worker who posted the tweet would consider getting it for their mum.
Another user joked that people should only get the subscription for their mum if they wanted to be shoved into the bin with the rest of the garden waste.
What do you think, would you risk getting your mother this as a gift?!