The Month in Wheelie Bin Headlines
Leeds residents to face cuts to bin rounds
Do you often find that your wheelie bin is full to the brim, yet it’s days until the next collection? Leeds residents may get to share your pain as the council is cutting the number of bin collections across the city in a bid to shave £1.6 million from their waste management budget. Other measures in the pipeline include charging for replacement wheelie bins and for bulky waste collections.
Some bin collection rounds are being cut completely, and some refuse teams will be asked to take on extra rounds to make the service more efficient. Council bosses insist that measures they have previously introduced, such as fortnightly collections and investment in recycling and energy recovery have made the waste management service more efficient overall, and this is why they are looking to introduce further service improvement measures.
The council said that some bin rounds will be rescheduled and some will be cut but much of the city will continue to receive the same service.
Aussie locals trap wild crocodile in a wheelie bin
A saltwater crocodile made its way into a playground in Cairns, Australia, and was duly trapped in a wheelie bin by locals before wildlife officials arrived. Residents tried to coax the croc back into the water using a line of wheelie bins but to no avail.
Officials said that recent heavy rains could have made the animal venture onto the beach and local area. Crocodiles apparently prefer calmer waters, so it would have been seeking somewhere quieter to stay until the rainstorms were over. Residents were urged to be vigilant, as it is likely that repeat incidents could occur.
Residents say no to an annual waste service charge
Residents in Bombala, Australia were asked by their local council if they would pay an annual fee to a company who would take their wheelie bins out, empty them, then return them to their property, and the answer was a resounding no.
98% of residents said they wouldn’t pay someone to wheel their bins in and out. The scheme would cost residents an annual fee of $888, if they opted in to have their bins wheeled out and emptied. Elderly and disabled residents would be exempt from the fee.
Who’s bin stealing from this store?
Thieves used a wheelie bin to steal T-shirts, bags, and sports shoes from a sports store in Victoria in Australia. The offenders were captured on CCTV forcing a glass panel door and taking up to 100 items believed to be worth around $3000 dollars. Police are appealing for information.
Blown away by solution to keeping recycling where it belongs
A council in Wellington in New Zealand has come up with a prototype wheelie bin clip that will keep them closed in high winds to prevent recycling blowing away. A weather station in Wellington recorded a 185kmh gust at one point, making it one of the windiest places in the bay.
The need for a solution to the problem came to light when one man, who had secured his bin lid with a rope, didn’t have his rubbish collected by collectors. Collectors claimed that it was not empty as they thought that it was tied to the fence. But the man claimed that a neighbour, who had secured their rubbish with a bungee rope, had their bin collected.
This kitten should wheelie have been more careful
A kitten had to be rescued by the RSPCA and the fire service after he got stuck in a drainage hole at the bottom of a large communal waste bin in the West Midlands. Rubbish had been piled on top of the kitten, and officers said that he probably smelled food coming from the bin, got in and got trapped. The RSPCA urged people to make sure that bin lids are closed to prevent animals from getting into them and possibly getting injured or stuck.