Household Bins on Streets
Is it okay to leave bins out on
the pavement or road after collection?
No. Wheelie bins left on pavements, roads and walkways
outside of the stated collection times can impact negatively
upon the local residents in several ways, including:
Bins left out on pavements can increase littering, fly tipping
and side waste. These associated offences ruin local environments,
attract vermin and often encourage others to leave their waste
there also. Dumped waste can contain a variety of hazards from
broken glass, used hypodermic needles and other sharp objects to
hazardous chemicals or asbestos which all can have serious health
implications for the public and wildlife.
Wheelie bins left on pavements provide serious
obstructions for members of the public who wish to use those
pavements, particularly affecting the blind / partially sighted,
wheelchair users, pedestrians with mobility issues, and people with
children & pushchairs. This is especially a concern along
narrow pavements with limited room to walk, where those using the
pavement maybe forced to move into the road.
Potential arson risk & damage to
Wheelie bin fires are a common result of leaving wheelie bins on
the pavement when they should be stored safely away. These fires
are not only a massive drain on the fire service's resources (the
estimated average cost of a domestic bin fire is £2,000), but they
can also be deadly with fires spreading quickly to nearby
Can the Council take
action if I leave my bins out?
If you continually fail to return your bins to your property
after emptying, Bedford Borough Council's Environmental Services
Team will begin a period of education in order to inform you of
your responsibilties. If following this education you still fail to
comply, you will be issued with a fixed
penalty notice for £75, and we may pursue further action if the
notice is not paid.
Can I report bins left on
the street after collection day?
Yes. You can report any problems with bins
left on streets by calling the Environmental Helpdesk on 01234
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