2 February 2016

Smarter communal bins have now arrived

Work is underway to refurbish old and damaged communal bins in the city.

More than 50 bins have now been refurbished or replaced, most of them in the city centre Regency and St Peters North Laine wards.

More bins have been delivered this week and being rolled out in the two wards.

The communal bin refurbishment programme was originally due to start in April 2015 but the tendering process took longer than anticipated.  Work began in August and the council has been working with suppliers to make sure the refurbishments and the new bins are of good quality. Staff have carried out an audit of all 600 communal bins to see which ones need replacing and to make sure the worst affected ones are replaced or refurbished first.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment committee, said: “We are moving  ahead now with this project following some detailed work that will ensure the right bins  are being  replaced in the areas that need them.  We are also applying for some additional funds from 2016/17 budget so that we can speed up the programme and really crack on with it.”

The communal bins replacement and refurbishment programme will also improve the maintenance of them so that they remain in good condition for longer.