People who dump their rubbish in other people's bins are deliberately avoiding rubbish tip fees and fines, companies in the recycling sector have warned about this type of behaviour. To add insult to injury the homeowner whos bin has been filled up may not have theirs collected due to overflowing.
There are many stories around about wheelie bin theft, it is not a valuable as your car but can cause as much as a headache especially with councils charging for replacements. But is a GPS tracker the answer to combat this issue?
With more and more councils looking to increase the amount of wheelie bins households are given, there may be a chance to build up a successful business in the bin cleaning industry. It may take some time to build up a customer base but if you put in the graft needed, you could be taking home up to £5000 before expenses.
This weeks Wheelie Bin Roundup features stories about a thief facing jail term after he was caught trying to steal a safe in a wheelie bin, Bromsgrove and Redditch councils coming 4th in the list of most expensive garden waste collections, and finally Solihull has cost the council more than £85,000 so far due to faulty recycling bins.
Stoke residents have been warned they face a potential fine of £100 if they keep leaving their bins out past their collection day, the council have been forced to make this decision as bins are being left out permanently, blocking the pavement which then causes problems for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
The person in charge of Birminghams waste collections have been accused of introducing a tax on people who require help putting their wheelie bins out. He has ordered a full review of the residents who currently have assistance with their wheelie bins, he says they need to check if they still live at the address and whether they still need help.
Manchester residents have blocked several streets with their wheelie bins in protest at drivers parking on pavements, this is mainly because drivers are trying to avoid parking charges in the city centre, this is therefore causing a problem for buggies and people in wheelchairs to pass safely.
This weeks Wheelie Bin News Roundup include stories aboiut residents waiting for up to 2 months for replacement bins even if theirs is stolen, a burglar being arrested with a wheelie bin full of stolen goods and the second annual Refuse Championships raised over £20k for the Alzeimers Society
Cheshire Council are trying to save around £300,000 per year which includes wheelie bin delivery costs adding up to around £60,000 per year, this is forcing families to pay £35 for new and replacement wheelie bins, this includes if they have their wheelie bin stolen.
A council in Leicestershire has been forced to hire bin lorries as the lorries they currently use are not equipped to collect the new wheelie bins. The council have ordered new vehicles but they are not due until September, this was all down to trying to save money, the wheelie bins are costing £550,000 and should last 10 years whereas the bag recycling costs £360,000 per year.