A radical overhaul of Liverpool's bins is taking place across the city - with thousands more people soon to experience the new system of waste collection.

The city council's £6m alleyway regeneration scheme is aiming to change the way people dispose of rubbish across the city and how it is collected - while dealing with other issues like rodent infestations and fly tipping.

The project means areas of the city that have terraces with very narrow alleyways of less than 4ft are moving from black bag bin collections to a communal drop point for household waste and recycling.

Some terraced streets with alleyways large enough to hold wheelie bins are also being affected.

The council has been removing wheelie bins from some areas of the city and replacing them with large container bins as part of a bid to regenerate Liverpool's sometimes dirty and pest-infested alleyways, and depending on residents' feedback, the move could become permanent.

The £6 million scheme will see alleyways cleaned, baited and "baked" as well as having underground voids installed for possible future use as a storage channel.

This week we reported on a range of views from residents in Toxteth who are already experiencing the change of collection system.

Some reported marked improvements to the alley areas and a reduction in rats - whereas others said the new measures were inconvenient for them.

New communal bins in Toxteth

As well as parts of Toxteth, the new scheme has been launched in County ward, Anfield, Kensington, Tuebrook, Picton, St Michaels, Riverside and Princess Park.

The rollout is now continuing and thousands more people are set to be switched over to the new system of communal bins.

This will mean people living in Central wards in Liverpool City Centre, Old Swan, Anfield and additional parts of St Michael's ward will be asked to change how they dispose of waste.

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It is expected that these areas will be fully switched over to the new system by the end of March.

Cllr Sharon Connor, cabinet member for streetscene, said: “We’re spending £6 million refurbishing narrow 4ft alleyways behind terraced properties across the city and introducing new means of collecting waste. By the end of March around 11,000 properties will have benefited.

“Many of the alleyways are sunken with broken paving and leaning walls due to broken drains. Previously residents have left out black bags of waste for collection in the alleyway which encouraged rats and flies.  

“Temporary communal bins have been installed in the most appropriate locations where the work is being carried out and, as they have a large capacity, we have removed some wheelie bins from Anfield, County, Kensington and Picton and recycled them elsewhere in the city.

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“In wards where the change has been made, residents have fed back positively on the improvements which include a reduction in fly-tipping in alleyways and pests. The new approach to waste collection has also contributed to a significant increase in recycling.

“In each area, we’re consulting with communities on the most appropriate and sustainable solution to future waste collection in their community whilst the alleyway repairs are ongoing.    

“The ultimate aim is to improve the local environment for all residents, reduce vermin, increase recycling and also provide a safe working environment for staff.”