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Refuse collectors in Wrexham missed 4,365 bins in a year according to a recent council report.

It took Wrexham Council 2 days on average to return and collect the missed bins including main refuse bins, recycling bins and food caddies in 2011/12.

The figure equates to one missed bin for every 1,500 collected.

According to the authority, where it’s established that it was the fault of the council, they are supposed to return to collect the bin by the end of the next working day.

If the customer is at fault the bin will be collected at the next scheduled collection.

On top of those figures 4,395 new recycling boxes were requested by residents along with 1,672 black/blue bins and 851 green bins.

The report also showed that the Streetscene team had to deal with 1,701 fly tipping incidents last year, which they mostly responded to within 24 hours.

Other figures include 81 reports of sharp objects such as needles or broken glass which were dealt with on the same day as they were reported.

One key point made by the report was that Wrexham Council has a significantly higher assisted collection rate than other authorities at 8% (4987) whilst neighbouring authorities only handle around 3%.

The council provides an assisted collection to people who are unable to take their bin/recycling container to the required collection point and who live alone.

The statistics were revealed in a report on the performance of Wrexham Council’s Streetscene service which will go before the Homes, Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday.