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Waste Management: Household Bins

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the legal responsibility for household waste bins, in the event that they cause a road traffic or pedestrian accident, lies with the supplying council or the householder (a) when they are awaiting collection at the kerbside; (b) whilst they are being emptied; (c) after they have been emptied, in the place at which the collectors have left them; and (d) in their normal place when not due to be emptied. [HL1031]

Liability for a road traffic or pedestrian accident resulting from the placement of a household waste bin would depend on all the circumstances and would be decided on a case-by-case basis.