How To Secure Your Wheelie Bin
A number of small problems can arise when using a seemingly simple product like a wheelie bin, but luckily, there are some ways to avoid these problems. Unfortunately, some of these problems are caused by other citizens, so it's important to protect yourself from them. Taking all these precautions may seem a little preposterous, but they are sensible to ensure your safety and to avoid being fined for acts you didn't commit.
How to Stop Your Wheelie Bin From Being Stolen
Theft is a big problem when it comes to wheelie bins believe it or not. This may be in the form of stealing items out of the bin or stealing the bin itself. There are many reasons why people do this. Stealing items or the bins means that they could keep the items for themselves or try to resell them. This makes the theft of the items and the bins very valuable. They may also want to get their hands on sensitive information like your bank account details. Although harder nowadays it is still possible for someone with the right information to impersonate you and withdraw money from your account. Too many of us assume that once we throw something away that is the end of it. Any sensitive information should always be shredded. Bank statements, old cards, cheque books, credit agreements etc.
It's very easy to protect your bins from theft. The easiest solution would be to keep your bins somewhere safe. Don't leave them out in the open where they can get stolen. Instead, keep them hidden or locked away. The chances of someone looking for your hidden bin are extremely low. While this may seem like a simple enough solution, there is one problem. You have to put your bin out once a week for your rubbish to be collected!
Since you can't keep it locked up, you may have to try to find another solution on how to protect your things. Luckily, there are many devices you can buy to help keep the bins secure. A popular device that is used now is a lock. You can put this lock on your bin and unlock it in the morning before your rubbish is collected. Additionally, you could wait until the morning to put your bin out, but many people don't have time to do that in the morning. If you can't hide your bins on days where you aren't putting them out, putting a lock on your bin will help secure your items. While some people might just look at it as garbage, it's a good idea to keep prying eyes out of your waste. You could be throwing away personal information that someone could steal.
How to Avoid Your Bin Being Vandalized
Similarly to theft, your bins can also be vandalized. A common game with kids today is to set bins on fire. This is becoming quite the problem, and it is only getting worse. You have to make sure to protect yourself from this happening. If someone happens to set your bin on fire, you can be fined. Additionally, make sure that your bins are never placed too near your house. If your bin is set on fire, your house could catch on fire and that could lead to devastating results.
A fire in your bin will also damage your bin. You would be responsible for it and have to pay to replace it. The solution to this is as simple as the solution to the theft. All you simply need is a lock that will lock your lid shut. This will keep delinquents out of your bin and keeps them away from your property. The appeal wears off if they can't access your bin. If you lock your bins and hide them, you will sleep much better at night.
How to Stop Other People Putting Items in Your Wheelie Bin
Even though it's rare, you can face another problem with unlocked bins. Other people may dispose of their waste in your bins which could lead to you getting fined. By leaving your bin unlocked, neighbours or strangers can empty whatever they want into your bins. You may not even know that it happened. However, you could be fined for having too much waste. This is something to remember to pay attention to when you receive your monthly bill for your service. Locking up your bin will stop others from disposing of their rubbish in your bins and it makes them be responsible for their own things.