Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Wheelie-Bin Policy Works Well

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Wheelie-Bin Policy Works Well

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Further to the article in the June 19 edition of the Chronicle, I would make the following points in explaining the city council's actions in the Heaton area.

Each year thousands of wheelie bins are stolen or damaged due to them being left out in back lanes all week long. In addition, bins left in such locations add to anti-social behaviour, including arson and vandalism, and can increase crime as they are used as a means of climbing into backyards.

Due to these issues the council requires residents to put out their bin on the designated collection day and return it to their property that night or first thing next morning. Residents living in areas without back lanes across Newcastle on the whole do this without any issue. The council has, therefore, written to a number of residents in Heaton requesting that they comply with this arrangement. Unfortunately, a small number of residents have chosen to ignore this request and continue to leave their bins out all week. In these circumstances the council has removed bins but has returned these free of charge once residents make contact with us by ringing Envirocall on (0191) 274 4000. In most instances the bin is returned within 24 hours and the resident advised as to the reasons for our actions.

This initiative has received very positive feedback from most residents in the area in respect of improved cleanliness. Also, our colleagues in Northumbria Police have confirmed a significant reduction in the number of burglaries in the area.

I assure all householders that if they take care of their bin then there will be no charge should it go missing. It is, therefore, essential that bins are returned to individuals' properties as soon as possible after collection.

ROB NICHOLS, Head of environmental services, Newcastle City Council

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