THE way a council collects bins from people in hard to reach homes is going to change from September 30.

Waste and recycling collections for some people in Rossendale, who are living in hard to reach homes, which are not suitable for the standard refuse collection vehicles, or have road surfaces which are unsuitable to travel on, will change to a ‘lane end’ bin collection service.

Tony Watson, Head of Environment and Operations at Rossendale council, said: "There are approximately 742 hard to reach properties across the borough that have been in receipt of a doorstep service. Collecting these bins holds a certain amount of risk and there have been 22 breakdowns that have affected the council’s vehicles servicing hard to reach properties in the last two years that have also impacted on service delivery.

"With the new collections, your bin/bag collection point will be at the end of the lane, where it meets the adopted highway. The Council has an assisted collection service for those properties where the residents are unable to get their bins to the collection point for health reasons. People will still have a collection every week. Anyone affected by the changes will receive a letter from the council this week."