Stolen Bins to be Replaced by Council at a Reduced Fee
AS of today (Friday 1 February 2013) Down District Council will implement a new policy whereby any bin that has been reported to the PSNI as vandalised or stolen will be replaced at a reduced fee of £20, which is half of the full cost of purchasing a new bin.
Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mickey Coogan said: “In order to avail of the reduced price, residents who have had their bin vandalised or stolen on or after 1 February 2013 must in the first instance report the theft to the PSNI, obtain a crime number and supply it to Down District Council before a replacement bin can be issued.”
Colette O’Rourke, Environmental Services Performance and Quality Officer, has also advised on how you can reduce the risk of your bin being stolen. She said: “Householders should mark their bin clearly with their address, post code or at least the house number; whilst you must have your bin placed at your kerbside by 7.30am on your collection day.
“I would also suggest that you do not place the bin out too early and you should endeavour to collect it as soon as possible after emptying. Bins should not be left out overnight. Finally, you may wish to check that your neighbour hasn’t inadvertently taken your bin or that it has been misplaced.”