Wheelie Bin News Roundup 22nd March

Friday, 22 March 2019 12:21:30 Europe/London

The latest Wheelie Bin Roundup features an amusing story from Cheltenham Races, a new wheelie bin pilot scheme by Redbridge Council and an inspiring story from Derbyshire where local business and community groups have helped raise £100,000 for a children and young people hospice with the help of three wheelie bins!

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Wheelie Bin News Roundup 4th March

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 14:01:14 Europe/London

This weeks Wheelie Bin News Roundup features stories including teenagers have derailed a train when they placed a wheelie bin in the middle of the tracks, communal bins have been introduced into blocks of flats to try and reduce the number of wheelie bins on the pavement, and finally a pretty village in the New Forest has been strewn with rubbish as ponies and donkeys are getting into the rubbish bags 

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Angus Woman Covers Her Wheelie Bin in
Speed Signs to Urge Drivers to Slow Down

A woman in Angus took matters into her own hands after getting fed up of drivers speeding through her village. As well as putting a 30mph sign and a ‘please slow down in our village’ sign on her wheelie bins, she has erected a metal 30mph sign in her garden. She told the council that she was thinking about buying a cardboard cut-out traffic policeman and putting it outside of her front door and made sure they knew in no uncertain terms, that she has had enough. Drivers repeatedly ignore the 30mph speed limit signs in the village, which has led to a number of near-misses.

Her persistence appears to have paid off too, as the council has painted the speed limit on the main road running through the village and revealed that there are plans to bring in vehicle-activated speed limit signage.

Speaking of the signage she has put up, she said it’s much easier for drivers to see than the signage that was already there because the street signs are hidden by vegetation, which she has previously cut back herself.

Speed Sign

It’s ‘only a matter of time’ before there’s an accident

She welcomes the council’s actions in painting the 30mph roundel on the road but said that much more needs to be done. Every day, cars, vans, and HGVs are speeding through the village, and residents say that it’s only a matter of time before there’s a bad accident.

The council said it carried out a speed survey last year following concerns about vehicles speeding through the village, but it found no evidence of speeding. Nevertheless, Police Scotland were made aware of the concerns and have begun carrying out speed enforcement in and around the village. 

People power wins (but not always)

So it seems that people power has made a positive difference, but that’s not always the case. Back in 2014, residents in a Suffolk village were threatened with legal action by the council for putting 30mph speed limit stickers on their wheelie bins. The council said that the stickers would encourage people to leave their bins out and they’d become an obstruction. It warned residents that if this happened, it could use the Environmental Protection Act to compel people to take their bins in, though this would only be used as a last resort. A spokesperson for the council added that the enforcement of speed restrictions was the responsibility of the police, who apparently, couldn’t see what the fuss was about. Speaking at the time, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner said that as long as the stickers were tidy and weren’t too distracting, they didn’t pose a problem.

Wheelie Bin News Roundup 21st January

Monday, 11 February 2019 09:09:50 Europe/London

This weeks, Wheelie Bin News Roundup features stories including a fundraiser in Sunderland which is up for Fundraiser of the Year, vandals in Renfrewshire are engaging in a risky new practice, the inhalation of toxic fumes from burning wheelie bins, and finally a team of workers who brought into check through people's bins are being cut.  

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Wellington Council in New Zealand is giving over 40,000 residents free bin clips to help keep their recycling bins secure, this is due to complaints that their recycling bins getting blown over when it is windy which leaves the rubbish all over the street.

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Are Gull-Proof Bin Bags the Answer to Aberystwyth's Rubbish Woes

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 10:05:23 Europe/London

A council in Aberystwyth are set to trial seagull-proof bin bas to help tackle the problem of the gulls getting at the rubbish.  The local businesses are complaining about the rubbish being strewn across the city on the day of collection because of the gulls.  

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Wheelie Bin News Roundup 12th November

Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:39:13 Europe/London

This weeks Wheelie Bin News Roundup features stories including of a Dublin man who was caught with 200 Euros worth of drugs in which he stored inside a wheelie bin, a new system in Tendering lets residents check to see if they qualify for a wheelie bin under the new councils scheme, and finally 30 wheelie bins were destroyed by fire in a recycling plant in Beddington.

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Don't Put Your Identity in the Bin

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:32:38 Europe/London

We are always advised about protecting our personal data online but why do we still put confidential waste in our wheelie bins at home, information from bank statements can be used by criminals to steal someones identity and apply for credit applications in their name. 

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Wheelie Bin News Roundup 15th October

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:32:22 Europe/London

This weeks Wheelie Bin Roundup features stories including 2 prisoners who managed to escape a Kentucky prison by hiding inside wheelie bins, Louth County Council found a huge number of homes are still without an organised waste collection service, and finally, drivers on the A47 were forced to swerve after wheelie bins were falling out of a lorry.  

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The Wheelie Bin Plastic That Keeps on Giving

Friday, 12 October 2018 09:18:30 Europe/London

Polyethylene is one of the most popular plastics around, there are many things which contain polyethylene in some shape or form.  It is well known as a thermoplastic which means that when it is heated it turns into a liquid rather than burning, when it is in liquid form it can be molded, injected or cast to make many of the products.

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