Ugly clutter? There’s no need for it.

Ugly clutter? There’s no need for it.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles reinforced his commitment to tackle the ‘scourge of bin blight’ by calling on the housing industry to provide more space for waste and recycling containers. (writes ESE World UK Managing Director Dave Hughes) Too many streets are dominated by the ugly clutter of unsightly bins, which ruin the look of families’ homes and gardens, he says. And the NHBC Foundation’s recently published report says that new ways of tackling the scourge of ‘bin blight’ must be found. Doing nothing is not an option. If we do nothing we’ll still be having this debate in 10, 20 and 30 years, by which time we might be climbing over wheelie bins and boxes to get in and out of our homes. But is providing more space the answer? Just by asking developers to allow for a growing range of bins and boxes, are we going to tackle the problem in the long term? No. We need new ways – solutions that are economically viable and sustainable, and, importantly, that are tried and tested. Let’s look at the first, perhaps most obvious solution. A bigger bin, slightly larger than the norm, which includes four compartments. Each household has at least one but no more than two. That’s a total of eight compartments per household for organic waste, paper, cardboard, plastics, coloured glass, clear glass, metals and residual waste. But if you need to you can hang another small box on the side; in fact on both sides of both bins. That’s now 12 compartments or small boxes in all, which would seem to go a long way to...