THEY’RE bigger, they’re better and there’s more of them than ever before.
Liverpool’s bins have had a major make-over and are now ready for use.
In recent weeks Liverpool City Council has rolled out the second phase of its litter bin replacement programme.
More than 100 new larger street litter bins have been placed in the city’s parks along with a further 100 new bins to follow in residential areas in communities across the city.
In the parks, the old style mesh bins have been consigned to the scrap heap in favour of swish new style bins.
These new bins are three times the size of their older counterparts and are much sturdier. They include a special cabinet on the side that allows the various ‘friends groups’ that work in the parks to store bags, litter pickers, gloves and other items.
While on the streets some older litter bins have been refurbished, repainted and re-used or replaced with new ones if they were beyond repair.
Liverpool City Council’s Operations Manager Adrian Devers, said: “We have put new bins in every ward of the city and in all of the parks. Local ward councillors have consulted with residents in their wards about the new bins in the community, whilst in the parks we have worked in partnership with the friends groups. So we have listened to people’s views and acted on them. The new bins are much bigger which means there is less chance of them overflowing before we empty them.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has approved a £250,000 plan to replace old and unsightly litter bins. The mayor pledged a further £20,000 to support the efforts of community groups to help clean up the parks.
So far the council has installed a total of 300 new bins across the city and there’s more to come.
The next stage of the programme will concentrate on the City Centre. At present there are many bins of different sizes, styles and colours in the city centre. The plan is to replace them with new bins all in the same design in two different sizes.
In some prime city centre location the bins are emptied up to 12 times a day and under the new plan these would be replaced with bigger ones which would mean they would need to be emptied less often. This would give the bin crews more time to concentrate on ‘fine detail’ work such as cleaning gutters.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr James Noakes, said: “We are really proud of these brand new bins and we know that people within our communities will be pleased with them. We are finding that more people in Liverpool than ever have a real sense of civic pride, which is why we find our bins are being used more and more. In recent years our city centre hasn’t just developed as a thriving place to work or enjoy a night out, it’s also grown rapidly as a residential environment, with more people coming to live here. The way we place our bins and the type of bins we use in certain areas has to reflect this. We have made sure that all the new bins have the distinctive Liverpool City Council look and style and in some areas we have managed to declutter our streets by taking away a few smaller old bins and replacing them with one larger new one.”
The city centre bin replacement phase will begin after consultation in January 2019.
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New bins for old Heralding Liverpool’s new bins are Cllr James Noakes, LSSL team members Matt Dive, Ryan Feeley and Liverpool City Council’s Director of Community Services Ron Odunaiya.