Wingecarribee Shire Council is urging residents to keep tabs on their bins after a spate of recent disappearances.
“We don’t know if they’ve decided to go for a wander by themselves or they’ve just been picked up by mistake,” said Council’s Business Services Coordinator, Scott McAllan.
“But what we do know is that their owners are fretting and they’d like for them to come home.”
The call for extra wheelie bin vigilance comes on the back of a request from the Hume Local Area Command to keep a look out following an increase in the number of bin thefts reported to Police.
“In all seriousness, we understand a lot of people would probably view the issue as little more than a nuisance problem,” Mr McAllan said.
“But for our elderly and infirm residents, not having a bin can be a significant inconvenience.”
“We remind residents that should they require larger bins or more frequent collections, they can alter their service by filling out a Change of Request form available from our waste website or by contacting Council’s Waste Hotline on phone 1300 133 969,” Mr McAllan said.
Council’s dedicated Waste Website can be found at www.wscwaste.com.au.
“We also remind residents that all bins are bar-coded to their particular address,” Mr McAllan said. “But should they want to make their bins more identifiable they are free to mark or paint them with their property number.”
Stolen bins can be reported to the Police Assistance Line on phone 131 444 where an event number will be issued. Residents should then phone the Waste Hotline on phone 1300 133 969 with the event number where a replacement bin will be arranged.
Bins requiring repairs can also be phoned through on the Waste Hotline number.
“Our waste contractor JR Richards inform us that the number of missing bins is by no means worse than any other region,” Mr McAllan added.
“But if there are any bins out there not at their rightful home, we wheelie would love for them to be returned.”