50 new bins are to be installed by Gedling Borough Council in a bid to improve the appearance of the area and cut down on street litter.
The bins are being rolled out after the council committed to funding the scheme as part of its 2019 budget.
Following the announcement, councillors were asked to provide a list of areas where bins would be best placed in their wards and, based on their responses, new bins have been installed in over 30 locations so far with more being installed in the coming days.
As well as delivering on the promise to install 50 new bins across the borough, the council has also seen a surge in popularity for its free bulky waste collection service, which was introduced in 2014.
Figures dating back from 2016, show the scheme, which runs from November until February, has benefited over 10,000 residents and 20,000 items have been collected in that period.
Over 5,000 households have used the service this year and more than 7,000 items have been collected. There are still nearly 1,000 slots available for residents to make use of between now and the end of February.
The new bins and free bulky waste collections are just some of the actions being prioritised by the council as part of its plans to reduce waste and pollution.
But the council has said it could do much more to boost sustainability if their funding was increased by the government.
Figures recently released by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government revealed that Gedling’s Core Spending Power has been reduced by 21.3% since 2015. Earlier this month, the Deputy Leader wrote to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and local MP, Tom Randall, to ask them to review this decision.
Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said: “Local residents continue to tell us that keeping their streets clean and tidy is a top priority for them. It’s a top priority for the council too which is why we’ve delivered on our promise to provide over 50 new litter bins, maintain our popular yearly free bulky waste collection service and continue to clamp down on fly tippers.
He added: “We could do much, much more for our local communities if the rug hadn’t been pulled from underneath our feet when it comes to the sharing out of Government funding for local councils.”