Missing Wheelie Bins

Missing Wheelie Bins

Missing wheelie bins and how you can prevent yours from going a journey


Countless wheelie bins are vandalised each year, and we are all aware of them being set on fire by yobs. It seems like we see these stories in the newspaper every day. But what about the bins that are stolen?

Cash-strapped councils are forking out tens of thousands of pounds every year to replace missing bins.

Vandalised Wheelie Bins


Thousands of wheelie bins have been reported missing in Ipswich since 2012, and the council has been faced with a £100,000 bill to replace them.

Almost 3,000 bins have gone a journey, and we aren’t just talking about your standard household bins. Some of the missing bins are 1,100 litre industrial containers! These large bins cost around £153, while the cheapest bin is almost £18, but it all adds up.

The council said that the figures also include broken and otherwise damaged bins. The main reasons for the missing or damaged bins were recorded as theft, arson, and general wear and tear. Bins that are overloaded can split, or wheels and lids can be broken.


Liverpool City Council spent around £500,000 last year replacing missing, stolen or damaged wheelie bins.

As many as 1,700 bins are requested every month by residents whose bins are missing or damaged.  Riots in the city last summer caused a spike in damage to bins, but it has not abated since then. The council have stated that they are going to start and place constraints on replacing bins, as their budget can’t sustain the level of demand.

A recent report has shown that areas where there are a large number of students have the highest figures for missing or damaged bins. The council is working with universities and landlords to reduce the amount of wheelie bins that are lost or damaged.

The council say that bins are often left out in the street then they are taken away as no one knows who they belong to.