Wheelie bins could be taken away from householders if they continue to be left outside their properties.
The warning has come from a council which says it is prepared to clamp down on irresponsible residents.
They’re running the risk of having bins taken off them
Chorley Council has already sent leaflets out to some homes where bins are not being taken back in after they have been emptied by refuse collectors.
Last week the council issued another recycling message for residents to check the items they are putting out for recycling. It warned loads could be rejected at the recycling plant in Farington if they are ‘contaminated’ by non-recyclable household waste being placed incorrectly in blue bins, or if items are not sorted correctly.
Council leader Alistair Bradley said: “We’re asking people to take their bins back in. Bins left out are a hazard. Visually impaired people, people on motor scooters can’t get past them. It means they’re spoiling it for the others who diligently take their bins in and out.
“They’re running the risk of having bins taken off them. In some areas we’ve had to leaflet people and find out who’s doing it.”
There is also a risk of damage, too, from blown over bins hitting parked and moving cars in strong winds.
The council says it is not aware of a test case regarding this, but if it happened, people may have to make a claim on their own insurance policies - such as a trolley blowing into a car on a supermarket car park or a branch falling and hitting a vehicle.
On Friday, residents in Chorley were urged to double check the items they put out for recycling as part of a drive by the council to ensure the ‘right stuff’ goes in the ‘right bin’.
Checks have revealed a number of items wrongly put in the blue recycling bin, such as wood, cardboard, textiles, black bags, food waste, toys, CDs and DVDs, batteries, nappies and furniture and ceramics.
The council believes the reason for increased levels of contamination could be because the current collection system has been in place for six years and most residents believe they know what can be recycled in their blue bin; and the high levels of house building in the area has brought in more residents who may not be aware of what materials are collected for recycling.
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