How well-dressed wheelie-bins can raise extra cash for Leicester City Council
Council bosses are looking to sell special covers to people who want to decorate or disguise their wheelie-bins.
The stick-on vinyl sheets – widely available on the market at a cost of about £15 – wrap around the black plastic bins.
Leicester City Council hopes to generate cash by selling them to residents who want to brighten up their bins.
Assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services Councillor Sarah Russell said: "You can get these vinyls already but people are asking us for them.
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"I don't want to turn the council into a retail outlet, but if people want to buy them, they might as well get them from us.
"I don't think it will make a huge amount of money but every little bit helps.
"It's a sort of wheelie-bin camouflage.
"The bins are very functional and not everyone thinks they are very attractive.
"Some people don't think they are a very nice feature in their back gardens and want a way of making them less visible.
"You can get all different designs – from flowers to trees and bubbles. They can look really nice."
Coun Russell said the vinyl covers could also help prevent people's bins from being stolen or mixed up with their neighbours'.
The council will also look at selling stick-on numbers for people who want a simpler way of making their bins more easily identifiable.
Coun Russell said people had also asked for outdoor containers in which they could store their orange recycling bags on non-collection days.
She said: "There are really all sorts of bin accessories people want which we could provide."
Kim Stallard, 42, from Braunstone, said: "I've already seen a few bins around with patterns and animals on them and I think they look quite nice. I'm not sure I'd go to the bother of it myself though. It's a bin not a work of art."
Geoffrey Foster, 71, from Leicester's West End, said: "It's a nice idea because the bins are big, black, and ugly but these covers have been around a while so I'd have thought anyone who wanted one would have bought one by now.
"I can see the practical use of it though because it's not unknown for a wheelie-bin to go missing on collection day and that's very frustrating."
David Collins, 39, also from Leicester's West End said: "It's a waste of money. Completely. And I don't know why anyone would buy numbers when you can paint them on yourself."