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Verderers' animal warning in New Forest wheelie bins waste plan

The verderers say animals could get at rubbish inside overflowing wheelie bins
The verderers say animals could get at rubbish inside overflowing wheelie bins

IF wheelie bins are rolled out across the New Forest they must be secure from raids by scavenging livestock, the verderers have warned.

In their response to the consultation over the district council’s emerging waste strategy, they considered the idea an improvement on the current system of leaving rubbish sacks outside properties, which are regularly torn open by ponies and donkeys.

The draft scheme currently includes a separate weekly food waste pickup, however, and the verderers warned that without proper management the containers could be targeted by commoners’ animals as a potential food source, leading to health and litter problems.

Strong lids would be required, they said, and if bins were left overflowing they could give animals an opportunity to open them up.

Although the verderers declined to come out for or against the proposals overall, they also advised that wheelie bins should always be kept within the curtilage of Forest properties, ideally behind a closed gate.

They added they should only be put outside at the closest possible time to their collection slot, and avoid leaving any extra rubbish or recycling in bags next to their bin.

A New Forest District Council spokesperson said: “We are currently evaluating all the responses to our public engagement on the draft waste strategy, including the comments received from the verderers, which will be used to shape the final waste strategy.

“As the draft strategy has not yet been finalised we can’t comment any further on the details of the proposed collection system.”

As reported in the A&T, NFDC is looking at introducing the controversial containers to about 90% of the district’s properties to drive up its lacklustre recycling rates.

Operations may also change to rubbish and recycling collections on alternate weeks. Garden waste could be stored in separate wheelie bins and collected fortnightly for a fee.

NFDC has said any changes to the waste and recycling service would not be implemented until 2022 at the earliest. It also recently promised vulnerable residents that they would get help moving their bins to the kerb.

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