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SIR – I am delighted with New Forest District Council’s proposal to introduce wheelie bins.

We were first given wheelie bins over 30 years ago at a previous property, and the system worked well there, and also at a further property where we lived later on. Each week the bins were wheeled out to the street – no need to carry bags or dustbins, and more tidy.

In this part of New Milton, the rubbish and recycling bags are subject to regular attack from seagulls, who rip the bags open and leave the contents strewn all over the street.

Not only is this untidy but also unhygienic.

Wheelie bins have lids attached which, if kept closed, should prevent this nuisance.

Because of the seagull attacks, and sometimes by animals, many people currently carry their own dustbins out into the street and leave the council plastic bags inside for protection.

The attached wheelie bin lids also prevent their lids coming off on windy days and blowing down the street as frequently happens now.

The addition of a food waste bin is also welcome, and has also been in use elsewhere for many years.

A separate issue to the suitability of wheelie bins is the frequency of collections. My understanding is that NFDC propose to have bin collections fortnightly.

The amount of waste from each property will vary according to family size and other factors, but past experience indicates the wheelie bin is likely to be at least twice the size of the current plastic bags so is likely to be adequate.

There will no doubt be teething issues when the new system is introduced but wheelie bins have worked well elsewhere and should be better, and I am looking forward to using them.

Trevor Milchard,

New Milton

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