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Cheshire East Council has announced that it plans to introduce charges for replacement wheelie bins. The charge for larger bins will be £30 and £20 for smaller bins and it will be introduced next month.
The first time a bin is lost or stolen, it will be replaced for free but if it happens again within three years, residents will be charged. Bins that are damaged during collections will be replaced free of charge. Residents on certain benefits will get a 25% discount.
The council said it spent £300,000 on replacing bins and a further £64,000 on delivering them and administration costs during the 2017-18 tax year. It added that due to budget cuts, a charge needs to introduced in the hope that it makes people take more responsibility for their bins. The council is advising residents to mark their bin with their street name and door number to reduce the chance of them going missing or being stolen.
People in the Ronald and Herrick Street areas of Liverpool are dumping dirty nappies in back alleyways despite warnings from the council that they are cracking down on people who flout rubbish rules. The council recently said that it would be introducing harsher punishments as part of an initiative to keep vermin at bay.
Images shared on social media showed the alleyways lined with household waste, furniture, bin bags and used nappies, and some images showed that the alleyways were in dire need of repair.
One local resident said that the councils cleans up the alleyways, only for rubbish to be dumped again and that there had been problems with flies and vermin.
Another resident said that the alleyways were a health risk and commented that if she had known about the litter problem, she probably wouldn’t have moved to the area.
The council recently announced a £6 million plan to clean up the alleyways including introducing larger communal waste bins to reduce fly-tipping and a repair programme for the areas that were most in need.
A driver who was involved in a high-speed police chase in Hartlepool thought he had evaded officers, until they found him hiding in a wheelie bin. The man caused injury to an officer after reversing into his patrol car twice during a seven mile chase, then proceeded to drive on the wrong side of the road and the wrong way around a roundabout. He eventually drove into a field, fled from the car and hid in a wheelie bin. The man admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance. He was given a 16-month jail term and banned from driving for three years and eight months. His jail term was lessened from the maximum two years for dangerous driving because he chose to plead guilty.