Do you know your bin etiquette?

Wheelie Bin Etiquette

Do you or your neighbours know how to make your community the best it can be? There is absolutely nothing worse than on bin day your street being turned into a mess with smelly, overfull bins and then comes the wind! So to make your life easier we have cleared up the rules (in our opinion) to make sure everyone is happy!


If my bin is full can I use my neighbours?
If the bin is on someone else’s property the answer is always no! It could be considered trespassing and should be avoided. If it is out on the street and looks empty then you should pop over to your neighbours and ask them politely if they wouldn’t mind you using the free space in their bin. However, if they say no, then you have to find another solution.

My neighbour’s bin is always smelly?
No one likes walking by a house and the bin smelling awful! It is worse if it smells of old rotten food or wet dog! The best way to sort this is to again ask your neighbour if they had noticed the smell of the bins now and then or even to get them a Christmas present of some bin cleaner. One of the best ways to prevent this is a bin storage unit to make sure the bin is closed and stays closed. However, you could also consider getting your wheelie bin cleaned and offering the service to your neighbour. They are often reasonably priced and will make sure your bin is spotless while getting rid of a nasty smell.

My bin is always too full!
This is a problem that is easy to fix, most councils will provide recycling bins free of charge and by recycling more you are helping the environment. Along with bin stores, you can also find some amazing combination storage that will keep all of your recycling and rubbish bins tidy. This will give you a long-term solution and help the planet a little bit.

The bins are always in the way.
Keeping the bins around the side or rear of a house is a great idea along with placing them in a garage as it will keep your property safer and stop the street from smelling. With a bin storage unit, you can organise all your bins along with your recycling boxes to keep everything out of your way. Don’t forget that opportunist thieves will look for bin placement at the front of a house that is easy to stand on and jump over fences as an easy way to the back of a house which is usually less protected.

There are holes in my bin and it leaks.
Having a bin that is broken is no good for you or your neighbours, it can lead to smells, leaking on the street and even to little unwanted animal friends. If bins get damaged some councils will consider replacing them or fixing them for free.

Understand your local rules.
Each council will have their own rules about the day of collection, what can be recycled, extra rubbish, how often bins are collected and should be able to be found online. So find your rules and learn what you need to do to make sure you have an easy time. Help your neighbours to understand and try your best to understand what happens around bank holidays!


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