DOG bins are being removed across Bromsgrove as part of a new move to save money and improve the look of the town.

The bins for dog waste are being removed from areas where they sit next to litter bins, in an attempt to de-clutter and improve the appearance of the district.

Owners can dispose of dog waste using the normal litter bins, or mix waste with household waste provided it is bagged tightly and put inside grey bins.

Bromsgrove District Council says removal of the bins will cut maintenance costs, while reducing the chance of having bins overflowing or smelly as litter bins are emptied more frequently than dog bins.

Councillor Mark Bullivant, whose portfolio covers waste management, said: "It seems sensible to remove dog bins in areas that already have litter bins.

"Not only will it improve the appearance of the district, it will also reduce collection and maintenance costs – not to mention having less, smelly, overflowing dog bins.

"I would encourage residents not to be concerned over the bin removals and look at the positives.”

For more details call the authority's waste management team on 01527 881188.