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Case 84 - Local resident told that bins had to be sited in pairs on the roadside because of health and safety requirements

Issue

A local resident was told by their council's waste and street cleansing service that new communal refuse bins had to be sited in pairs on the roadside with a suitable gap in between them because of health and safety requirements.

Panel decision

There are no specific occupational health and safety legislative requirements relating to the positioning of communal bins. The council has taken the view that placing two bins with central access seems to be the best way of operating this scheme for the benefit of residents, road users and the operatives who have to empty the bins.

However this should have been properly explained to residents.

2012-10-23