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How heavy is too heavy for a wheelie bin? Overloaded bins are a health and safety issue. If you didn’t know already, wheelie bins have a weight limit to protect refuse collectors and bin lorries. So how much should a wheelie bin weigh?
Among the reasons refuse collectors may refuse to collect your bin is that it’s too heavy. Yes, that’s right. Your wheelie can be deemed too heavy for refuse collectors to move and for bin lorries to lift.
So how heavy is too heavy? Bin weight limits vary by council. However a common lift limit for bin lorries serving domestic properties is 30kg. If you look at the household wheelies in our range, you might see that the bin has a higher load capacity than this. But just because you can load your bin heavier, it doesn’t mean that you should.
Want to avoid having your bin left on the kerbside come collection day? Here’s how to avoid making your bin too heavy.
Fallen foul of your council’s wheelie bin weight limits? There should be a sticker or notice on your bin explaining this.
Go through your bin and remove any particularly heavy items before your next collection. If you are consistently overfilling your bin, it may be time to think about ways you can reduce your waste. That said, if you have a large family and your wheelie doesn’t meet your needs, you could request a larger bin or buy your own. Just don’t forget to run it by the council. There are rules on bins being compatible with refuse lorry lifting equipment.
Ever wondered what wheelie bins weigh and what their weight capacity is? Here are the figures for some of our most popular bin sizes. Remember though, just because you can load a bin to its maximum capacity, it doesn’t mean that you should!
These weights and loads are from research, but other companies and providers might have different weights and capacities dependant on the moulding process.
Check out our range for domestic wheelie bins and commercial wheelie bins to suit households and businesses of every size. Many councils choose us as their bin provider, though don’t forget to check with them before you buy a bin from us. After all, rules are rules! For more interesting articles on wheelie bins and tips on reducing your waste, check out the rest of our blog.