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A big wheelie scheme could be introduced into Gloucester in a bid to clampdown on flytipping and help residents with large amounts of rubbish.

Gloucester City Councillors said providing extra large bins for a small fee and a limited time would help people who do not have transport to use the Hempsted recycling centre.

It would also help those who do not have enough rubbish to justify the expense of hiring a full-size skip, or an adequate place to place one.

Councillor Tree Chambers-Dubus (Lab, Moreland) proposed a motion for the council to hold discussions with Ubico and explore options to trial developing such a scheme.

She told Thursday’s council meeting that it has helped reduce flytipping in other areas where similar schemes have been implemented.

“Within the city of Gloucester, there are a lot of people who, for whatever reason, either can’t access Hempsted recycling centre or have the space, need or money to have a skip,” she said.

“Those people, if they were to decorate a room or something like that, would end up stuck.

“Other councils across the UK have introduced a scheme of large wheelie bins.

“The big square type that you see commercially behind shops which can be rented to members of the public for a small fee for a limited amount of time to ensure it’s not used just because people want to throw away masses every week.”

Council leader Richard Cook (Con, Kingsway) said council officers have been considering this type of scheme for the best part of a year.

“I am keen that we might consider a trial at some stage in the future,” he said.

“However, we do need to be aware that there would be a cost for this service provision.”

He said it would be quite a lot to set up and would require at least a driver and a loader plus suitable vehicles.

Cllr Declan Wilson, (Lib Dem, Hucclecote) said it was the sort of service which is typically provided by commercial companies but the council should still consider it.

“It would be great if we could find a scheme that works,” he said.

The council unanimously backed the motion and will now hold discussions with Ubico to explore options to trial developing a big wheelie bin scheme.

By Carmelo Garcia – Local Democracy Reporter

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