Wheelie Bin News Roundup 22nd March

The Cheltenham Festival was on last week, and one racegoer tried to entertain the crowds in between races by hurling himself head first into a wheelie bin. The crowd chanted ‘in the bin, in the bin’ at the man, then he duly obliged. He galloped up to the bin then jumped in, and his son caught the whole thing on video. He posted it on Twitter with the caption, ‘Nice to see my dad’s having a good time at Cheltenham.’

 

Redbridge Council is set to give residents wheelie bins as part of a pilot scheme to cut down on waste management costs. 62% of residents are in favour of the idea, and it comes after it was announced that Redbridge has the fourth highest rate for dumping rubbish in the UK, and a shocking 50% of rubbish it collects is food waste. The council hopes that introducing bins will make people think about what they are throwing out.

The council said it currently spends £18 million per year collecting the 22 million bags of rubbish that are thrown out across the borough. It estimates that introducing wheelie bins could lift the recycling rate to 30% and make Redbridge a greener borough. The council added that switching to bins would keep gardens clear and reduce fly tipping, which is a growing problem.

Over 61% of residents said they would welcome a separate food waste collection, so plans are in the pipeline to introduce caddies and a weekly collection.

 

Businesses and community groups in Derbyshire have helped raise £100,000 for a hospice for children and young people by taking part in a scheme named ‘Where’s it Bin?’

Rainbows hospice launched the scheme back in 2015, and since then, 34 businesses and other organisations around Derbyshire have taken part. The hospice drops off three branded bins they’ve named Barry, Bertie and Betty and leaves them with businesses, organisations, schools, and clubs for one week. People are encouraged to fill them with bags of unwanted goods that are in good enough condition to be sold in the hospice’s charity shops. At the end of the week, the hospice collects the bins and the donations.

Almost 10,500 bags have been donated to date, containing around £100,000 worth of items. The hospice said it’s delighted that businesses and groups have helped raise such an incredible amount of money. The hospice’s head of corporate fundraising thanked people for making a difference to the lives of children and young people.

It has urged more businesses and groups to come forward and take part in the scheme and support the hospice to carry on with its vital work. If you own a business or run a group in the Derbyshire area, you can take part by contacting tom.stanyard@rainbows.co.uk