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Bins left out

 

Is it okay to leave bins out on the road or footpath?

No. Wheeled bins should be stored on private land at all times and only presented for emptying on the day of collection. Bins should be moved back onto private land as soon as possible after emptying.

Wheeled bins should not be stored on the highway (road, footpath or verge) as they can cause a nuisance, danger or obstruction to people including wheelchair/mobility scooter users, those with impaired vision and people pushing prams. Wheeled bins stored on the highway can also lead to vandalism, litter, fly tipping and arson.

If you continue to leave bins out on the highway you may be prosecuted.

 

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Can I report bins out on the street other than on collection day?

Yes, please report a bin that has been left out online (opens in new window) and an officer will look into the matter and liaise with any householder found to be storing their bin(s) on the highway (road, footpath or verge).

If the householder continues to leave bins out on the highway they may be prosecuted.

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Can I be prosecuted for leaving my bin out?

The council may take action in relation to wheeled bins stored on the highway (road, footpath or verge) which may include the removal of the bins or prosecuting those responsible for obstructing the highway. The maximum court penalty for wilfully obstructing the highway contrary to Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 is currently a £1000 fine. Full details of the Act can be found on the legislation website.

Highways Act 1980  (external website)

 

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