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Wheelie and recycling bins left permanently in street

Reported via mobile in the Obstruction category anonymously at 12:56, Tuesday 4 May 2021

Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later

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Wheelie bins and recycling bins are permanently left in the street outside the bin store next to 7 Emerson Square. They’re in use as they’re always full but remain always in the street. Recent high winds meant that the bins blew over into the road obstructing traffic and rubbish was blown all over the street. They obstruct the pavement, are an eyesore and encourage flytipping. By collection day the bins are always overflowing. People don’t seal their rubbish bags and there will often be maggots pouring out of the bins, particularly in summer. It’s unhygienic. Please can something be done. Thank you in advance.

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    Unfortunately this is still a big issue. These bins were only emptied last week and they are already overflowing, as per the attached. Last summer we had to keep cleaning these bins due to people leaving them open and maggots being hatched inside. This is not acceptable; my partner spends a lot of time trying to keep this area as tidy as possible but the bins shouldn’t be left out in the first place and we are concerned about the same situation happening this summer. Please remove these bins. Notices were put on them around a month ago telling people to take them in but they don’t belong to individuals and are being used by everyone as overflow. Aside from this, people have put their recycling out this evening even though the recycling was collected this morning and now it will be there for another week, if the wind doesn’t blow it around the street. They’ve done this because the bins are left there and they think it’s okay to leave other stuff too. Also, an extra bin has appeared since this was last reported. It’s detrimental to our mental health now to deal with every day. Please kindly remove these bins.

    Posted anonymously at 20:52, Friday 14 May 2021

  • A citizen has provided a follow-up to the original enquiry.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 20:53, Friday 14 May 2021

  • This issue has been reallocated to the relevant officer or team for action. They'll update you on progress.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 11:14, Wednesday 19 May 2021

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    Good afternoon, I hope you’re all safe and well. Whilst I appreciate that this issue has been reallocated to the relevant team for action, no action appears to have been taken. I do understand that an initial approach involves engagement and education but this was first raised some months ago in January, I think initially via the flytipping section of your website. Despite collection day being yesterday a large cardboard box has been put out today. Whoever has dumped it there has been encouraged to do so by the continuing presence of multiple bins and boxes. The attached photo is effectively the view from the windows and doorsteps of multiple properties in the area. Please can some action now be taken. Many thanks in advance for your time.

    Posted anonymously at 13:29, Saturday 22 May 2021

  • A citizen has provided a follow-up to the original enquiry.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 13:29, Saturday 22 May 2021

  • Good morning, these bins are still permanently left in the street. I appreciate that leaflets have been posted through doors and attached to bins but this was now months ago. These leaflets have been ignored and now it’s the affected local residents who are being ignored. No meaningful action of any kind appears to have been taken recently and no updates have been provided. Please kindly take action and remove these bins. Equally an update on when this might happen would be most welcome. If this is not done the next step for us would be to raise a complaint about the lack of action and communication. This would be highly regrettable and I hope that this is not necessary. Many thanks in advance for your time.

    Posted anonymously at 10:31, Monday 7 June 2021

  • A citizen has provided a follow-up to the original enquiry.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 10:31, Monday 7 June 2021

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    Further to the above and further to an email sent this morning to waste.services@bristol.gov.uk complaining about the lack of action and communication regarding this issue, please see the attached photos which show maggots pouring out of the bins this evening. This is because whoever is using these bins does not seal their rubbish bags and they often leave the bin lids wide open enabling flies to get in. Maggots are an almost weekly occurrence during the summer months and it is left to the local residents who live immediately opposite and next to the bin store to pour boiling water and rinse bins which are not their own and that they do not use. I’m sure you can agree that this is totally unacceptable, extremely unfair and very unhygienic. In the middle of a pandemic this is the last thing that should be happening. Please now remove these bins. This cannot be allowed to continue.

    Posted by Alan Ferris at 00:13, Thursday 17 June 2021

  • A citizen has provided a follow-up to the original enquiry.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 00:13, Thursday 17 June 2021

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    Some of these bins are now overflowing and it’s still 5 days until collection. As previously mentioned the bin bags are not tied or sealed and they contain food waste. In order to prevent flies producing maggots within these bins, I or one of my neighbours who live immediately opposite and next to the bin store now have to seal these bags and ensure the lids are closed on bins that are not our own and that we do not use. This is not something I want to be doing, particularly whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much a concern. I would appreciate something now being done about this issue and I would appreciate an update and a response.

    Posted by Alan Ferris at 22:03, Monday 28 June 2021

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    Posted by Bristol City Council at 22:03, Monday 28 June 2021

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    More maggots this morning. It’s been suggested that as these bins are in use they cannot be removed. That’s unacceptable. They’re being misused. Posting letters through random doors and using bin hangers cannot be the sum total of your action or power to enforce proper use.

    Posted by Alan Ferris at 05:29, Friday 16 July 2021

  • A citizen has provided a follow-up to the original enquiry.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 05:29, Friday 16 July 2021

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    More maggots pouring out of the wheelie bins permanently left in street. I’m still waiting for someone to take my complaint seriously. I accept these bins are in use, that’s obvious from the maggots. However, if bins are left permanently in the street then someone will use them. Someone must have the power to enforce proper use or remove these bins. During the summer months in particular they stink and they’re very close to numerous front doors and kitchen windows of local residents who are not responsible for these bins, do not use them and shouldn’t have to suffer because others are selfish, lazy and disgusting. I would like to ask if you think what is taking place and what you’re allowing to continue to take place is fair and acceptable?

    Posted by Alan Ferris at 23:28, Tuesday 27 July 2021

  • A citizen has provided a follow-up to the original enquiry.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 23:28, Tuesday 27 July 2021

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