Pickles' new rubbish idea
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities, Regulation
Rubbish piles up as some households wait three weeks for bin collection
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has said that new houses should be built with ample space for bin storage.
The minister claimed he was reinforcing the government's commitment to tackle 'bin blight' - the ubiquitous appearance of rubbish bins on British streets.
The government is due to publish proposals on both housing design standards and practice guidance on planning which will require suitable provision to be made for proper waste storage in new homes.
This, the government says, will help avoid bins dominating residential streets or contributing to increased odour and roadside litter, and problems with rats, mice, flies and urban foxes.
Measures to remove bins from streets could include covert storage units for residents’ bins or ensuring there is space for bins to be stored in backyards so they are only taken out when necessary on bin collection day.
Pickles said: "This government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies which made families’ lives hell. 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.
"For years badly-placed wheelie bins and the proliferation of multiple bins have created a blot on the landscape. In streets up and down the country, ugly bin clutter has ruined the street scene and the look of people’s homes and gardens.
"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."