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Household Bins on Streets

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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:

Environmental

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.

Obstruction

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 property

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 homes.

 

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.

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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 718060.

 

If you have any queries about bin collections, waste and other related issues, please click the picture link below for further information.        

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