Council bins should be hidden, survey finds

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28th September 2015 17:25 - Local Government

A nationwide survey has revealed that wheelie bins and recycling boxes should be hidden away, as the public find them unsightly and feel thatCouncil bins should be hidden, survey finds they ruin the aesthetics of their homes.

Conducted by the world’s largest outdoor storage company, Keter, the survey revealed that homeowners throughout the United Kingdom feel strongly about the less than positive effect bins and boxes are have on the appearance of their houses.

In excess of 800 people took part in the online survey, 70 per cent of which believe that local authority supplied wheelie bins and recycling boxes are so unsightly, they should be moved out of view.

Of the survey participants, more than two thirds said that they own more than one wheelie bin and 71 per cent said that they would buy a storage solution to conceal them from view.

Craig Saul, Marketing Manager at Keter, said of the survey findings:

“We all know anecdotally from our own personal experiences that there are a lot of wheeled bins out there, but it has generally been difficult to quantify the size of the problem because of the number of councils and their different programmes.”

He added: “Our survey now starts to put some numbers down on the scale of the problem.

“It is not surprising that almost all the survey respondents agreed a neat and tidy garden adds value to a property. With the number of council supplied wheeled bins and recycling boxes ever increasing, homeowners are prepared to look at alternative options to maintain the look of their property to ensure it holds its value”

The survey also revealed that most people store their wheelie bins at the back of their house, in the garden, or at the side of their house, although, some people leave them at the front of their property.

Despite wheelie bins and recycling boxes developing an offensive smell, 29 per cent of people said that they clean theirs less than once per month and 35 per cent have never cleaned their recycling containers.

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