Cleansing chiefs: 'Clean up Exeter streets by removing bins'
CLEANSING chiefs are appealing to residents to take bins back onto their properties once they have been emptied.
Wheelie bins left out on pavements for days are causing problems in some areas of the city for the partially-sighted, disabled people and parents with buggies.
In addition, according to Exeter's environment boss, it looks unsightly.
Robert Norley, the city's assistant director for environment, has said that people need to take more responsibility for their wheelie bins.
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Mr Norley said: "If an individual leaves a wheelie bin out after it has been emptied, it may not look so bad, but if everyone in the street does, then it does not look attractive.
"Some pavements are narrower than others and if bins are left out it can cause problems for those in wheelchairs, those who are visually impaired as well as mums with buggies.
"We would urge everyone to be a good neighbour and put their wheelie bin out the day before, as late as possible, or very early the day of collection and then, once the collection has been done, to take the bin back onto the property."
Mr Norley added: "If it is a shared house this can sometimes cause an issue as we can imagine that taking the bin in and out usually falls to one person and they get a bit fed up about it.
"There may be a problem about awareness as, with a changeover of occupants, people may not be aware about the bin arrangements, but we would urge landlords to make sure that their tenants know what to do."
If a bin is left out on the pavement except on collection day then it is obstructing the public highway.
In extreme cases the city council would consider removing the bin altogether.
Static dustbins should never be put out for collection – only the bagged waste they contain.
"If terraced properties need a reusable seagull-deterrent bag to contain their black bags on collection day, the occupant should contact the city council.
Mr Norley said: "If we get a recurrent problem then, as a last resort, we would take the bin away.
"This would be a great inconvenience for them and hopefully they would mend their ways."
If residents are having difficulty taking their bins back onto their properties, perhaps because of accessibility, or need a seagull-proof bag, they should call the city council on 01392 665010.