The general practice is to provide litter bins where a requirement to dispose of small items of refuse is identified.

This may be in areas such as: shopping areas, picnic areas, promenades, car parks, adjacent to educational establishments. Litter bins are usually sited on the adopted highway or land owned or under the control of the Council. Emptying of bins is undertaken in accordance with their use and the uses of the area in which they are situated.

It is not general practice to locate litter bins in remote lay-bys, housing estates, on land owned by others and in some cases recycling centres. Litter bins sited in such areas can suffer abuse and become a nuisance.

Removal of a litter bin which has been abused has proved to be an effective means of addressing a nuisance.

You can report a missing/vandalised bin by using our online Report It form.

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