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Residents across Gloucester and Stroud have complained that their wheelie bins are constantly going missing. It means that the affected households are having to find ways to dispose of their waste or store it until a replacement arrives.
Gloucester City Council said it has replaced an eye-watering 557 bins just in the last six months.
One woman said that her cardboard recycling bin has gone missing and that she has to keep her recycling inside of her home until she gets a new one.
Stroud Council asks for a £10 delivery fee for a replacement bin if yours has been stolen, as they can no longer foot the bill for replacing and delivering the bins due to increased costs.
One Gloucester resident is angry at having to pay £40 for a new bin, and the council met criticisms over charges with the explanation that they usually replace bins for free, but if properties continuously request replacement bins, they have to pay.
The council has urged people to clearly mark their bins with their house number or name, and to make sure that their bins aren’t left out in the street for too long which makes them a target for vandals and thieves.
50 Derby City Council brown wheelie bins ended up on a beach in Bulgaria, and how they got there remains a mystery!
A group of holidaymakers spotted the bins all along the promenade and took photos. No one has a clue how they ended up 2000 miles away from their city of origin.
The Derby councillor for leisure, culture and tourism joked that the council knew its brown bins were popular but it had no idea that there were fans as far away as Bulgaria. He added that refuse crews might struggle to make the journey to empty them but the council is happy to know that there’ll be no litter on the Bulgarian beach.
Motorbikes, a scooter, bicycles, wheelie bins and a crossbow bolt were among the items pulled from a pond in Sunderland during a council clean-up. Council workers also found gas bottles, mattresses, doors and door frames dumped in the pond at Downhill Community Sports Complex in the city. The clean-up was carried out in response to local residents voicing their concerns about the state of the pond which is home to ducks and swans.
The council has appealed to people to look after the pond and it said that the clean-up has made an amazing difference to its appearance. It also asked that people report any cases of fly-tipping to them online or by ringing their helpline.
Since February last year there have been more than 1,300 formal warnings and notices and 173 fixed penalty notices issued for environmental crimes across Sunderland, including littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.