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Pickles pushes to remove visible household wheelie bins

New housing planning guidance and consultation over the siting of wheelie bins and recycling boxes is to be published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Communities secretary Eric Pickles (left) has described the current situation as “bin blight - the neighbourhood scourge of middle England”. He called badly-placed bins a “blot on the landscape”.

The proposals are likely to require new homes to be fitted with covert storage units or have large enough back yards for waste and recycling bins not to be visible.

DCLG said the proposals would also avoid bins “contributing to increased odour and roadside litter, and problems with rats, mice, flies and urban foxes”.

“By ensuring that developers create appropriate waste storage areas when designing new homes, we can tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin blighted streets and driveways,” said Pickles.

He added: “I want to make sure families get a proper rubbish and recycling collection service for the large amount of money they have to pay in council tax.”

A spokesperson for DCLG was unable to confirm when exactly the guidance and the consultation would be published.

DCLG said that the measures followed efforts to abolish bin taxes, remove bin fines on households and a shift to fortnightly bin collections.

“The Government’s £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme has protected a weekly bin collection for six million families and supported 41 innovative reward schemes to show how families can increase recycling without facing punitive fines and taxes,” said the department.

However, a MRW investigation in September 2012 revealed that just one out of 216 English councils with alternate weekly collections had applied solely to switch from an alternate weekly to a weekly collection.

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