People in Northampton who live in social housing flats are to be given communal bins to help dispose of their rubbish more hygienically.
At Tuesday’s full council meeting, Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Parklands), Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, announced details of the new communal bin system which will be used in St James, Kings Heath, Camp Hill and Delapre.
Under the new scheme, communal bins will be introduced for social housing flats in some parts of the town where there are currently no assigned bin areas.
The communal bin system is being installed to solve hygiene problems caused by split rubbish bags.
It is also hoped, the scheme will reduce the problem of rubbish that is put out on the wrong day or fly tipped, as residents will be able to drop their rubbish sacks off at the bin throughout the week for refuse crews to then collect.
In addition to having a communal bin for the disposing of rubbish, all flats will have access to recycling facilities, as feedback from residents has shown that recycling has been difficult for them because of their lack of suitable storage space.
Councillor Hallam said: “We hope these communal bins will make life a lot easier for residents who live in flats and also help keep the areas more clean and tidy.
“We are committed to recycling more and sending less waste to landfill and hopefully these changes will help us achieve this.”
Information about the new system will be sent to residents shortly and it is expected that the changeover will happen within the next few weeks.
Council housing officers for the flats will also be out and about talking to residents about the new system.
Further roll-outs of the scheme are planned over the coming months for flats in other parts of the town where there is a suitable space to accommodate a communal bin system.