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More communal waste bins for Brighton & Hove

Communal bins will be delivered to 500 streets across Brighton & Hove from next week, specifically to areas with large numbers of flats and bedsits.

The roll out follows successful use of 188 communal bins by the council, which have been in place in 49 streets since 2004. Houses with limited outside space for a wheelie bin will also be included.

A council spokeswoman said: The communal bins were introduced initially because we were looking for a solution for areas with large older properties and apartments where there is not room for an outside dustbin or residents have no garden.

Residents surveyed
Council Cabinet Member for Environment Geoffrey Theobald said: "Keeping the city's streets clean is a top priority and communal bins have proved successful and popular with residents in areas where they are already in use. A survey of users showed that 93% of people found the bins easy to use and 89% thought their street was cleaner. We are pleased now to be able to extend communal bins so that more areas can benefit."

The council rejected claims that the roll out will lead to a blanket axing of doorstep collections, as suggested by MP Eric Pickles speaking to the Times.

A council spokeswoman said: We are not introducing communal bins where people have space to store rubbish, in these areas regular door step collections will continue.

Other councils, such as Edinburgh and Westminster, also use communal bins in areas with large numbers of flats and bedsits.

Advantages of communal bins, according to the council, are:
* They are animal proof, unlike black sacks, which are often ripped open by seagulls and foxes
* By reducing the number of black bags damaged by animals, there will be less rubbish strewn around the streets
* People in flats and bedsits will no longer have to store a week's rubbish in their home
* Rubbish can be placed in the communal bins any day, not just on collection day


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