THOUSANDS of wheelie bins have vanished from Wigan’s streets in the last year alone.
Astonishing new figures show that an average of 60 are being stolen, lost or accidentally tipped into bin lorries every week.
And it is costing the local authority dear to replace them all: the bill for the last 12 months stands at a whopping £62,400!
Cash-strapped council chiefs today urged residents to keep their bins out for collection for as short a time as possible in order to minimise the risks.
But it is the experience of some theft victims that the criminals are following the waste disposal teams round and seizing the bins within minutes of their being emptied.
Terry Dunn, director of environment at Wigan Council, said: “On average, we have approximately 60 bins reported missing to us each week. Each bin costs around £20 to replace.
“This is clearly a lot of money and at a time of budget cuts the Council would rather use these funds on other things.
“However, we do want to encourage people to dispose of their waste responsibly.
“There are certain steps people can take to minimise the risk of their bin going missing such as arranging for their bin to be returned to their property quickly once their rubbish has been collected and putting a house number on their bin to identify it.”