Wheelie bins plan for more than 90% of New Forest homes moves ahead

A row of wheelie bins
This is set to be a familiar sight across the New Forest, under council plans

MORE than 90% of homes in the New Forest look set for wheelie bins after councillors agreed to take forward a proposed overhaul of the area’s waste collection service.


Plans for a rubbish and recycling collection on alternate weeks and a separate weekly food waste pickup went before the district council’s environment panel. Garden waste would also be stored in wheelie bins and collected fortnightly, for a fee.

Currently, residents use black and clear plastic sacks for their rubbish and recycling, which is picked up weekly, reusable bags for garden waste, and a box for a four-week glass collection. There is currently no service for food waste.

Panel members raised concerns over properties with little space for the storage of bins, but they were told research had estimated that 92% of homes would be suitable. Alternative systems would be provided for households that are not, although these were not specified.

Cllr Jack Davies said many of his constituents in Pennington had approached him about the proposed alternate weekly collection.

“I know we’ve had certain issues with rubbish build-up in the village,” he said. “I wondered with this new system, will that be monitored to see if there’s an improvement or negative effect?”

Chris Noble, NFDC’s service manager for waste and transport, said: “We won’t get everything right first time and we can flex. It’s also about educating residents to properly participate in the service that we provide.”

Cllr Sue Bennison said she had witnessed wheelie bins in other areas being left out all day following collection, and asked if refuse collectors could put bins back onto properties after emptying them.

“What we don’t want to see is a whole row of wheelie bins across the open Forest,” she said.

Mr Noble replied: “In terms of wheeling them back in, we would have to take into account the time that would take the crews to do that at every property.”

The meeting heard the change would lead to a more cost and carbon-efficient service, minimise the volume of waste, and improve the quantity and quality of recycling.

Cllr Alison Hoare, NFDC cabinet member for environment, said 90% of local authorities in England collect waste in wheeled bins.

“There’s a lot of work still to do to get this right, including asking our residents for feedback on our plans, and making sure there is somewhere appropriate to send the food waste for recycling. Any changes won’t come in until 2022 at the earliest,” she said.

“Waste minimisation sits at the heart of all of this and there is no question that change must happen.”

Low recycling rates across the district, which stood at just 34% in 2019/20 – significantly below the national average of 44% – must be tackled, officers have warned. In 2018/19, NFDC’s performance was ranked 286th out of 345 councils in England.

The council will also increase the volume of materials it collects for recycling, including plastic trays and beverage cartons, which are not allowed under the current system.

The draft strategy will now go to the next cabinet meeting on 4th November, and if approved officers will put together a full business case. There will be a four-week public consultation period between 12th November and 10th December.



  1. Given the amount of effort NFDC, NPA and Forestry Commission spend on planning, flytipping etc it is ludicrous that they are now going to allow these unsightly monstrosities that will appear like stinking maggots all over our beautiful area. Imagine all the picture postcards with unsightly wheelie bins blighting every street.
    They defeat the whole reduction of single use plastics project by causing us to increase use because of the need to double bag everything in the vain attempt to reduce the stench during the summer.
    We have a system that works, introduce additional bags if need be but for heavens sake dont do this!

  2. I have lived in an area where wheelie bins have been used .Even though items were double bagged , in the summer months the bins were alive with maggots. Disinfecting every week had to be done and then you had to pay for a company to wash your bin out on a regular basis. Not a very user friendly waste collection system

  3. You’ve only got to drive round parts of Southampton, especially student land, to see what an eyesore rows upon rows of wheelie bins are and not just put out on collection days but out 24/7.
    I fail to see what advantage they would be regards increasing people attitude to recycle apart from food waste.
    Why not keep the plastic sacks, perhaps supply a small food waste bin and reduce the recycle day collection to once a fortnight thus saving money that way.
    Just for a matter of interest an average size wheelie bin on Amazon cost just under £60 so 3 bins would cost NFCC £180 per household. I know buying them in bulk would bring the cost down quite a bit but even so still a substantial outlay.

    Long live the plastic sacks !!!!

  4. Our experience with wheelie bins was the same – smelly, dirty, on the road or pavement and open to anyone passing by dropping rubbish in.

    There has been no consideration of where or whether the bins can be stored on people’s properties rather than left out in the road. Most people don’t have a dedicate bin store and would have to leave them on the pavement or in full view in the garden.

    Please rethink this proposal. It’s a sticking plaster to save the NFDC having to find a long term sustainable solution.

    • I would think that the vast majority of NFDC residents do have gardens and outside space in which to store said bin. It will save the litter that gulls and foxes leave when they wreck bags. I believe it will make for a cleaner area.

      • One wheelie bin is ok, for general rubbish I agree. But it’s also not hard to buy a tub bin to put black sacks out in to prevent animals getting at it, as many people do.
        But we really don’t need wheelie bins for recycling or garden waste too.
        Had personal experience and is much better just one wheelie bin for general waste. I think the collection process in the NFFC works so much better.

  5. What about the gulls and the litter that is caused by rubbish being spread up and down roads by them. Bring on the bins. I for one cannot wait. Cared for properly there should not be a problem. Wrap food waste in newspaper if not why not compost uncooked veg waste and use up leftovers.

  6. As I have mentioned on another post will the council like to extend my garden to accommodate the extra space I will need to store these bins? I have a family of 6 with limited space and we like to enjoy our garden and the bins would take a chunk of that away from us. Also we do recycle into clear bags but if you have ever watched the bin men they will on take a certain % and the rest go into general waste. I would rather not end up with a bin that will not accommodate the rubbish for my household. What would I do with the surplus waste? As my understanding it will be two week alternate pick ups. As in other areas the wheelie bins attract rats as they have a keen sense of smell and these bins get warm and send of odours. Also if you live in a flat you don’t need these bins you can still put out black bags. Does that not defeat the purpose straight away!

  7. For me it is more unsightly to see bags of waste being left on the roadside. It was something I found odd when I moved from Southampton to Totton. In an area with vast natural beauty, why on earth do people feel it looks better to leave bags on the roadside?
    Furthermore, I totally agree with the comments that it is more detrimental to have bagged rubbish left outside because it attracts local wildlife and cats to open the bags and rummidge for food. That is also a danger to animals and affects the environment. I’d have to say that this is also probably worse for attracting flies. 100% get wheelie bins integrated and keep things more sanitary. The food waste collection is also a great addition.

  8. I recently moved to New Milton from Hertfordshire North London where they have wheelie bins. The food recycling collection failed altogether and they stopped it completely.
    I was so relieved of the system here in the new forest, it’s so much better and less faff and upkeep. The dust men do such a fantastic job here. It won’t be the same is you introduce wheelie bins.
    Every other week for collection of normal rubbish and recycling is not frequent enough when you have a family, as this is what happened in Hertfordshire. Had to use two wheelie bins for normal rubbish! We ended up with 3 different wheelie bins and a plastic bin for food waste ( 5 in total as had 2 normal rubbish bins) and was absolutely ridiculous.
    Also blocked up the pavement after collections and wrong bins given back regularly and had to walk to and down the road looking for my bins!
    Plus they smelt so bad. Especially the garden waste bin and that became full of maggots frequently, so had to keep washing them etc. Another job.
    At least if you’re going to introduce wheelie bins only do it for the general waste.
    I did bring one wheelie bin with me from my old house to the new forest to store my rubbish in and so the animals don’t get at it when I leave it out the night before collection.
    I don’t want 3 plastic bins again on my driveway!!
    And that are ugly and bulky.
    I have just bought a compost bin for my garden and put my food waste in that.
    If you’re going to introduce food waste recycling you should be able to put it in when the garden waste.
    Hertfordshire used to do that and it worked much better than seperate bins and collection’s. Hence why they stopped collecting food waste.
    Please listen. It’s been tried and tested and not worked.
    I would suggest;
    One wheelie bin for normal rubbish, keep the clear plastic bags for recycling, to both be collected weekly.
    I think the garden waste collection in those bags is a fantastic idea.
    Glass and food waste I don’t know how you could change that. Maybe put the glass out once a month to be collected with the Normal recycling.
    In the end there will be more work on one end or the other by changing it.
    I rarely see or hear the dustmen.
    You would if you used wheelie bins, and for all ways
    So more noise and eyesaws.
    No thank you!

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