Woman shares little-known black wheelie bin mistake that causes major ‘hassle’


A debate has erupted online over whether or not it’s acceptable to put rubbish in someone else’s wheelie bin as you walk by it in the street – with some warning it has bigger consequences

The mistake causes hassle for the owner of the bins (stock photo)

When out for a walk, if you’ve got an empty drink can or some kind of food wrapper, you might be tempted to pop it in a random wheelie bin as you go by.

Perhaps you haven’t seen any other bins for a while and are fed up with carrying rubbish around.

It seems like the right thing to do at the time as you’re still putting it in a bin, so what’s the harm?

Well, according to a number of people online, this simple act is a big mistake as it can actually cause major ‘hassle’ for the owner of the wheelie bin.

This was the most common answer given in a recent debate on Reddit’s Casual UK forum after a user asked if it was ok to put rubbish in other people’s bins as you walk past.







The random rubbish might prevent the bin from being collected (stock photo)
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More than 500 people replied and many were strongly opposed to this, with some warning it could prevent the rubbish inside from being collected and emptied for a week, or possibly even longer.

One woman urged people to never put rubbish in someone’s black wheelie bin, writing: “NOT IN THE BLACK BIN, this happened to me one week when it was black bin week, from the time it left my house and the bin men picking it up someone had put a drink can in and it wasn’t emptied.

Another replied: “Someone put a 2L plastic bottle in my bin which would have been fine with me but the bin men refused to empty my rubbish because it now had unbagged rubbish in it so I had to wait another two weeks to get it emptied which was a bit of a hassle.”

A third said: “It’s not really trivial for me: our bin men don’t take loose rubbish, just the bags, so they’ll proceed to yank the bag out from under the loose McDonald’s crap someone has dumped in there and leave them.” strewn all over the front yard. Three guesses who has to clean that up. Hint: not the person who dumped it.”

Someone else agreed, proclaiming: “Noooo. So many places if there’s loose rubbish on top they won’t empty the bin on bin day. Do not do this!”

As well as some refusing to collect unbagged waste, many councils may also have a ‘no side waste, closed lid policy’ meaning that if extra rubbish is placed into the bin and the lid no longer closes, the rubbish won’t be taken – even if the owner of the bin didn’t put it there.

This also includes any bags of rubbish that are placed/left on the street beside the bin – they won’t be collected and the whole wheelie bin might also be left full.

This policy is meant to encourage people to sort their rubbish more carefully and also use recycling bins, garden waste and food waste bins.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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