Despite being sturdy, wheelie bins are not fire resistant and there are many stories on which wheelie bins have caught fire and caused serious damage, so try and be safe when it comes to disposable bbq's and the disposal of them.
Speeding fines in the UK was a big topic of conversation in April with the new law stating that drivers caught speeding will be fined up to 150% of their weekly wage. So could we see speed cameras being hidden in wheelie bins to help catch offenders as similar devices are being used in other European countries, could we be next?
In April one of the biggest stories emerged regarding wheelie bins, an 85 year old pensioner has been told the refuse collectors will not collect his wheelie bin as it is over 32 ft from the side of the road, after speaking to the council they have said the bin men will not collect his wheelie bin unless it is 10 ft from the road due to health and safety.....
There are loads of stories around where residents or business wheelie bins are stolen, many of which are reportedly stolen and used for arson, the councils are having to spend thousands in replace these bins. As many 1700 bins are requested by residents each month.
With summer approaching your wheelie bin becomes a hive of activity with bacteria thriving in warm conditions, this can then create bad smells which could then lead to pests. Cleaning wheelie bins can help prevent this from happening, this can be easily done by using regular disinfectant or by hiring a professional cleaning service.
The household wheelie bin is not the most attractive object to look at, the colours have helped a little bit but still not nice to look at, stickers have become a viable option especially with the sheer amount of them on the market. For example you could advertise your business or even add a speed limit sticker to warn drivers to watch their speed.
Flytipping is the deliberate dumping of waste, this can be anything from a single bag of rubbish to an entire truck load, it doesn't just damage beauty spots but it can also cause damage to wildife and the environment.
Have you ever heard of wheelie bin racing? Originating from a pub pursuit with some slightly tipsy people, it has grown into many cities and involve fancy dress and desiging of a customised wheelie bins, they are donated from the council, often bins with damage or awaiting recycling so no new bins are used to save money. All the money from the events are put back into the local community.
This weeks news roundup includes Liverpool Council charging residents for new wheelie bins if they are stolen or set fire to even though they are technically a victim of crime, the Council stated that a cut in funding means that they cannot afford to replace the bins free of charge.
The biggest story that came out for wheelie bins this week is that in Sunderland over 800 wheelie bins were stolen last year, residents in the area then have to purchase a wheelie bin out of their own money and wait for a replacement, wheelie bin crime is rife and they are often used to start fires potentially causing harm to people and homes.