Looking after your bins

photo of a black wheelie bin

Residents are being reminded to look after their bins as the council reveals it has spent £300,000 in the last 12 months replacing bins across the borough.

The council is currently receiving more than 30 requests for replacement or lost bins each day which is unsustainable.

Residents are being urged to number their bins and bring them in as soon as possible after collection.

As part of the council’s changes to bin collections, last year it was agreed that a £35 charge would be introduced for lost black bins to help the council save money and to encourage residents to look after their bins.

This charge covers the administrative and delivery costs the council pays when providing a replacement bin.

Many councils, including those in Greater Manchester, already charge for replacement bins.

Paul Barton, director for environment, explains:

“The cost of the replacement of lost bins is significant and unfortunately the costs will increase even further if we do not take immediate action.

“This was a difficult decision for the council to take and we hope residents will understand and support us by ensuring their bins are returned promptly to their property after collection and are then left in a secure place.

“The majority of our residents do look after their bins and we would like to thank them for their continuing support.”

More information along with our frequently asked questions can be found on the council’s website: www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling