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Your views: Are Britain's streets 'bin-blighted'?

We asked you how many bins you had on your street and if it is too many:

  • Donna Robert: we have one black bin, a green bag for paper, a white bag for plastic/cartons, a green box for glass/cardboard and a black food bin. Don't mind recycling but we've no where to put all these bags and boxes!
  • Jo Rowley: We have four bins, one for recycling, one for food waste, one for stuff that can't be recycled and one for grass cuttings/weeds and a bag for batteries and electrical waste, that's a lot of sorting!
  • Anita Johnson: We have a compost bin for food/garden, recycling bags, one for paper the other for plastics/tins then a black bin for everything else. Collections are weekly alternating. Works fine.

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New bin guidelines 'obvious' say Labour

Guidelines on wheelie bin and recycling box storage are "obvious" and do not solve a "much bigger problem" of house building levels, said Shadow Communities Secretary Hilary Benn.

Of course new homes should build in bin storage space, but a much bigger problem is that Eric Pickles has presided over the lowest level of house building since the 1920s.

Rather than giving obvious advice to housebuilders, Eric Pickles would do better to explain why he spent an eye-watering quarter of a billion pounds on a failed scheme to persuade councils to change their bin collection arrangements that resulted in just one council changing their policy.

– Hilary Benn Shadow Communities Secretary

Pickles: Current bin policies 'barmy'

Existing bin polices are "barmy" according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

In the run up to new guidance published next week on where to put wheelie bins and recycling boxes, Mr 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....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.

– Eric Pickles Communities Secretary

Government plan specific areas for bins and recycling

New homes should have special storage areas for bins and recycling boxes built in, guidelines will recommend. Credit: PA

New homes need specific storage areas for wheelie bins as they clutter up the streets, according to the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Planning guidance published next week for new home developers will recommend creating space specifically for bins and recycling boxes.

The new guidelines warns would-be developers "unsightly bins left lying around the neighbourhood can damage the visual amenity of an area".

They add: "Carefully planned bin storage is, therefore, important. Each dwelling should have enough storage space for all the different types of bin used in the local authority area (for example landfill, recycling, food waste)."