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To put household rubbish in public bins?

23 replies

Faithin · 18/09/2022 16:29

Is that even allowed?
I live in a block of flats, the communal bin room is infested with rats and there are rat droppings all over the floor you can't go in there without walking through re too scattered all over the place.
I have reported it to the housing association but they did nothing except sweep about half of it away.
I live in town so there are lots of public bins.
Wibu to try and create as absolute minimal amount of rubbish as possible and use the public bins until the issue is sorted? I know I probably am but I don't know what else to do, I do have OCD and every time I'm having to take the rubbish down to the bin I end up in a spiral of panic for ages afterwards

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msbevvy · 18/09/2022 16:32

Where I live people have been fined for doing this.

Sparklingbrook · 18/09/2022 16:34

I've seen places where there's signs on the public bins saying not to do it. But if you are in an area where the council don't issue fines etc then I don't see why not. Although you might want to use a different bin each time and not put loads in.

Hotandbothereds · 18/09/2022 16:35

Report the rat issue to the council if your HA are doing nothing.

Could you take rubbish to the tip instead?

Hopeandlove · 18/09/2022 16:36

Take it to the tip instead and report it daily

Faithin · 18/09/2022 16:36

forgot to mention I don't drive so I can't take it to the top unfortunately

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Zingy123 · 18/09/2022 16:37

If you want to be fined then carry on.

Angelinflipflops · 18/09/2022 16:38

I guess if it's in the bin, it's people who leave bags of household rubbish leaning up against lamp posts and sign posts on pavements thet piss me off

sintrawest · 18/09/2022 16:38

Report it to the council as well. In your situation I would do the same in the meantime, but be quiet about it and don’t use the same bins. Possibly you could get fined.

msbevvy · 18/09/2022 16:38

Do you have a car? If so, maybe you could take it to the tip.

It might be worth reporting the bin room situation to the Council's Environmental Health department rather than the Housing Association.

TulipCat · 18/09/2022 16:44

It depends how much we're talking about. If it's a small amount that easily fits in the public bin and you don't always use the same one, then I think that's acceptable. If it's a full black bag that fills the bin or spills over then no.

Wilkolampshade · 18/09/2022 16:46

Oh! Surprised to hear people could be fined for this 😳. We live just off a high street full of restaurants and the council come around emptying bins and to sweep the pavements daily. There are big old flats above the shops with no bin stores and a huge amount of waste is generated by these and the shops daily. If we've got a small carrier bag of rubbish hanging on the kitchen door we often pop it in a bin when walking the dog. A small amount, half a carrier bag or so, makes no difference to anyone. Likewise I'll pick up the odd bit of crap and pop it in a bin if it's been missed.
I guess if the bin you have in mind is only emptied once a week that's different OP?

Northernsoullover · 18/09/2022 16:50

Report it to the council. They will sort it and they have to! I had a similar issue and the HA had to do quite a lot of work to make it rat free. A warning letter from the council tends to get them to act. Contact your environmental health team.

Faithin · 18/09/2022 16:53

Wilkolampshade · 18/09/2022 16:46

Oh! Surprised to hear people could be fined for this 😳. We live just off a high street full of restaurants and the council come around emptying bins and to sweep the pavements daily. There are big old flats above the shops with no bin stores and a huge amount of waste is generated by these and the shops daily. If we've got a small carrier bag of rubbish hanging on the kitchen door we often pop it in a bin when walking the dog. A small amount, half a carrier bag or so, makes no difference to anyone. Likewise I'll pick up the odd bit of crap and pop it in a bin if it's been missed.
I guess if the bin you have in mind is only emptied once a week that's different OP?

There are about 10 bins on the park outside the flat that are emptied by the council every day likewise some more just around the corner that are emptied every day also

I don't think I'll get fined, well, the people who let their dog poo repeatedly right in the middle of the pavements never seem to get fined so I don't think they're super hot on chasing people down for fines

I will keep on at the housing association and also try environmental health but in the meantime I really don't know what else to do

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LIZS · 18/09/2022 16:54

It is fly tipping. Any identifying litter can be traced back to you.

gatehouseoffleet · 18/09/2022 16:58

LIZS · 18/09/2022 16:54

It is fly tipping. Any identifying litter can be traced back to you.

Of course it's not fly tipping. It's a bin! You can put things in it.

It's different if you leave rubbish around the bin, but as long as it fits inside it, I can't see the issue.

QuestionableMouse · 18/09/2022 16:59

I hate it when people put stuff in the bins where I work. It tends to be heavy or sharp stuff and it's a pain in the arse, especially when the bags split. I don't want to deal with your household rubbish.

SmallestInTheClass · 18/09/2022 17:02

Another vote for report to the council. It's not acceptable to be living with rats.Can you take it higher up with the HA? Or maybe tweet them about it so it's public?

womaninatightspot · 18/09/2022 17:04

gatehouseoffleet · 18/09/2022 16:58

Of course it's not fly tipping. It's a bin! You can put things in it.

It's different if you leave rubbish around the bin, but as long as it fits inside it, I can't see the issue.

People do get fined for flytipping into public bins. There was a thread and possibly a sad face story in a tabloid about someone who got fined for putting a single item of junkmail in a public bin.

Faithin · 18/09/2022 17:06

Apparently I can't report it to environmental health until I've reported it to the landlord at least 3 times so I will keep on at the housing association (I have only reported it once, 3 weeks ago and they said they were getting pest control and waiting for quotes etc so I waited assuming they were doing that but it doesn't seem like it, or maybe they have but it still needs cleaning/disinfecting surely!)
The bin room is inside the building but downstairs and in really worried about getting rubbish inside for long incase it attracts the rats to come inside my flat

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Intruiged · 18/09/2022 17:11

Iive in London this is what the council wants us to do, put it on road in council provided plastic bags. It's a main road, no where to put bins. I hate it too!!! And they collect them at stupid times, but not expect them expect them to be put out til an hour before 5:30, 17, 23:30 if you cummute to work those times really areunworkable!

Wilkolampshade · 18/09/2022 17:54

Sounds like a solution OP. I don't think you'll be fined either.

PrincessArora · 18/09/2022 18:44

You’d be fined round here for that too. I would report daily for next 3. Days to housing association then report to env health as a public health risk. If every household put their rubbish in bins it would be carnage

Faithin · 18/09/2022 21:37

I'm scared I'm going to get fined now so I probably won't do it!
Going to keep on at them.
I'd clean it myself at this point because i'm so sick of it but I wouldn't cope doing that with my OCD.

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