Thousands of recycling containers have been reported as stolen across St Helens in the last 12 months.
In total, 2,160 black boxes, 1,962 pink bags, 2,454 blue bags and 916 food caddies have been reported missing.
Last week we also revealed that more than 1,000 wheelie bins had been reported as stolen across St Helens in the last 12 months.
A council spokesman said: “We work closely with the police to bring those responsible to justice, but householders can help to reduce this figure by ensuring their bins are put out at the designated collection point by 6.30am on collection day – and then brought in again as soon as possible after collection.
“Experience shows that many bins are stolen after being left out for several days.”
It is believed that a proportion of the missing bins and recycling containers may have been lost or accidentally tipped into bin lorries.
Replacement wheelie bins are available - but at a cost of £17.50 each “to cover delivery and administration costs”.
The Town Hall spokesman added: “It’s a good idea to make sure your house number is clearly displayed on your wheelie bin.
“Residents can paint their house number on the side of the bin or use identification stickers – where you can add this information – available from our contact centre, telephone 01744 676789 or e-mail: email@example.com
“As well as deterring would-be thieves, it makes it easier for people to identify and reclaim their own bin from collection points.”