Warning issued over bogus bins in Solihull

Solihull residents have been warned to be on their guard following recent concerns about attempts to dupe people into using fake “recycling” bins.

At this month’s meeting of Dickens Heath Parish Council, questions were raised about an “odd-looking” bin which had appeared in the village.

Its appearance follows suspicions about a container which turned up on the kerbside in nearby Monkspath last summer.

Cllr Alison Rolf, cabinet member for stronger communities and partnerships, said the local authority would continue to be “vigilant” about unauthorised bins appearing around the borough and urged anyone with concerns to get in touch.

“Residents should be aware that not all clothing collections go to charity,” she said.

“If residents wish to donate clothes and other items to charity, I recommend visiting your local shop and donating them in person.

“Residents can recycle their unwanted clothes by leaving them out for collection on their normal brown bin day.

“Please leave the clothes in a clearly marked carrier bag, using a label which can be downloaded from our website, or clear plastic bag next to the brown recycling bin or recycling sacks and a crew will return later that same day to pick it up.

“These materials are then taken away and repurposed – not sent to a charity.”

If you have suspicions about a bin that has appeared somewhere in Solihull, you can call SMBC on 0121 704 8000.

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