People in Newcastle could soon find their household waste bins are taken away and replaced with large communal rubbish bins, part of Newcastle City Council’s plans to save £30 million in the next 12 months.
Some 1,100 communal bins will be positioned in back lanes over a 12-week period so that 2,303 households in 30 streets around the city can dispose of their heavy duty refuse sacks, Chronicle Live reports.
The local authority believes that these communal bins will help them claw back some cash because the collection process will be so much quicker. What’s more, a trial run of a co-mingling glass scheme will also be introduced, where people can put all bagged batteries, jars and glass bottles in a communal recycling bin alongside other recyclable items.
Nick Kemp, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and regulatory services, said: “We have already seen positive results from the pilot scheme. Residents and our refuse crews have noted improvements in the back lanes, with less amounts of litter being reported in hot spot areas. We are aware that the results won’t occur overnight but the scheme will certainly help take out the multiple bins, and reduce clutter in the back lanes.”
Residents on some of the streets affected have voiced their concerns, however, with some saying they’re worried about bins being set on fire and increases in fly-tipping and rat problems.
It’s likely that similar action to this will be seen in your local area as councils try to save money wherever they can. Reduced weekly collections are already being rolled out across England and Wales – much to the annoyance of many a homeowner, it would seem.