Walking into a wheelie bin or tripping over a bin bag is not a daily challenge for the average pedestrian, so awareness levels amongst the public is low.

Obstructions that block pavements have a far greater impact on blind and partially sighted people than they do for other sections of the community. Each and every wheelie bin, bin bag or recycling bag that obstructs a pavement increases the risk of accidents and injury. They are a trip hazard and where hard surfaces come into sharp contact with skin, they can lead to physical injuries.
The briefings focus on England but even if you're based in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, we hope they're useful. You can contact you local campaigns team for more information.

All the facts (and what we think of them!)

We've put together all the relevant facts we could find on wheelie bins and the law.
Quick wins for Local Authorities Wheelie Bins.doc (Word, 177 KB)

How to start a local campaign

Having a problem with wheelie bins being left out on pavements in your local area? You can download our guide to starting a campaign. The Guide contains all the relevant knowledge and a few ideas to get you started in your campaign.
What can I do about... wheelie bins (Word, 178KB)

Template letter

If you're having a problem in your area with wheelie bins, you'll probably want to raise the matter with the local authority. Feel free to use our template letter to do so, just remember to change it to fit your circumstances...
Pavement obstructions template letter (Word, 32KB)

Further information

For more information about what's going on in your local area or the contact details of your local member of the Campaigns team check out our regional pages.

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