Inventor Simon Needs has come up with a novel way to store his wheelie bin - and it is sure to impress government minister Eric Pickles.
Last week Mr Pickles - who is the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - pledged to tackle the ‘blight’ of bins and boxes placed out on the streets by changing planning laws.
But Mr Needs, who lives in Chudleigh Close, was one step ahead of the game - having patented his own Wheelie Bin Tidy in 2009.
He said: “I thought of this idea about six or seven years ago and patented it which took about 18 months and £20,000.”
And Mr Needs hopes that any new rules will result in developers rushing to buy his invention for their properties.
He added: “I’ve thought for a long time that we would need to do something with our wheelie bins, so to see Eric Pickles saying that he wants to make the planning process - so that everybody has to have storage keeping the wheelie bin away from view - is music to my ears.”
The Wheelie Bin Tidy allows householders to fill up their bin from inside their homes. The bin is accessible through a portal in the kitchen work surface, and can be put out for the bin man from outside as usual.
To find out more about the invention, which is manufactured in Bedford, go to www.wheeliebintidy.co.uk