Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Fire Service have launched a campaign to reduce bin fires and burglaries by urging people to bring in their bins.
Between April 2009 and June 2010, Bolton had 323 wheelie bin fires, the second highest number of wheelie bins fires in Greater Manchester. Bolton also had 58 burglaries between July 2008 and June 2010 in which wheelie bins were used to gain access to properties, the fourth highest number in the Greater Manchester area.
The campaign is the next phase of the behavioural change campaign and the aim is to educate residents to collect their wheelie bins after they have had their collection, which reduces the risk of arsonists setting the bin on fire and also reduces the opportunity for thieves to gain entry to a property by using a bin.
As part of the campaign, residents are asked to only put bins out when due for collection; put bins back and ensure they are secure when empty and not overfill or leave loose rubbish around the bin. They are also being advised never to store bins close to doors, windows or service intakes, as any fire in the bin could easily spread to your property and if possible, store wheelie bins securely behind locked gates
The campaign will include messages on the side of bin wagons and posters which will be displayed in libraries, one stop shops and council offices. Stickers will also be put on bins in hot spot areas for bin fires such as Great Lever, Halliwell, Farnworth and Crompton.
As part of the campaign, residents are also reminded that Bolton council will carry out enforcement against persistent offenders leaving their bin out.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer said: “Whilst it may seem like a minor problem, residents leaving bins out after collection can leave themselves at risk of bin fires which can spread to their property, or even of burglary, as the bin is used as a step to gain access to a back garden or windows in a property. We urge all residents to bring in their bins after collection and help us reduce the number of wheelie bin fires and bin-related burglaries across the borough.”