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Long wait for new wheelie bin in Brighton and Hove due to national shortage
3:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
Hundreds of city residents have been left without wheelie bins for months, due to a national shortage.
Nearly 250 residents are missing 140 litre bins with a further 30 outstanding 240 litre bins.
A national shortage has left the council short with the next delivery not expected until October.
Student Naomi Wearing, 20, of Hollingdean, said: “We moved in on July 1 and couldn’t get through to the council for about two weeks.
“When we finally got through and applied for the new bin they told us we wouldn’t receive one until October, but they didn’t tell us why we had to wait so long.”
Some £250 million of Government funding was given to councils to improve waste services.
An influx of orders from councils, spurred by the additional funding, has seen a sudden increase in demand for wheelie bins, creating a national shortage.
A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “City residents may experience a delay when ordering wheelie bins over the next couple of months.
“This is due to a national shortage of wheelie bins in the UK.
“We expect our next delivery in October and will wash and reuse stock as much as possible.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
“If you have no wheelie bin, or require a larger wheelie bin, please double bag rubbish and leave it out on your day of collection.”
Most of Britain’s wheelie bins are made in Germany.
A number of other countries have also stepped up recycling programmes, spurring demand for bins.
Residents can still order recycling boxes with a current delivery time of ten working days.
Juice cartons, small electrical items, textiles and shoes can be taken to recycling points.
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