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New stricter Preston bin collection rules coming into force

Posted on - 28th September, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Prestonians are being urged to check if their bin day has moved Pic: Christopher Lucas
A bin out on the street in Preston Pic: Christopher Lucas

Tougher bin collection rules come into force from the start of October.

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As reported on Blog Preston in October last year there will be a two-day rule introduced if a missed bin collection is not reported.

Households not putting their bins out on time will also not be returned to.

Textiles will also no longer be collected as part of the changes to the bin collections.

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These changes all kick in from Monday (1 October).

A public consultation was held in September last year about the proposed changes, which Preston City Council is due to needing to reduce the cost of bin collections. The city council’s cabinet approved the proposals in June.

Cabinet member for environment councillor Brian Rollo said: “These changes are designed to improve productivity, free up resources to aid in servicing new properties, reduce fuel and vehicle costs, as well as aiming to standardise the service across Preston and provide a similar level of provision with other Lancashire authorities.

“A public consultation was undertaken at the end of September 2017. The majority of responses were positive and residents felt the suggestions were reasonable. The consultation findings were presented to Cabinet in June and all four proposals were agreed and therefore made council policy.”

In summer 2016 the city council introduced a charge for brown bin collections, for garden waste.

What’s the current rule on missed bin collections?

There is no cut-off for reporting a missed bin collection for whatever reason it may be, with the city council saying some reports can be made up to 11 days later. Now it will be a two-day cut off from the date the bin was due to be collected.

What time do bins have to be out by?

Bins have to be put out on the kerb or at a collection point by 7am on collection day.

Previously the city council would always return to collect missed bins but now they will not come back and you have to wait for the next collection.

How many textile collections was the council making?

A report outlined around 2.8 tonnes of textiles were picked up from Preston homes each year. The city council says these could be taken to household waste recycling centres or donated to charity instead.

How do I report a missed bin collection?

You can do so online via the city council website or call 01772906905.

What about collections from private driveways?

The proposal included and had approved to stop collections from private driveways, which would affect around 400 households in the city.

The city council says this is still going to be implemented but each household is being written to first to inform them of when this will happen.

What do you think about the new bin rules? Let us know in the comments below

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