Wheelie Bin Services In London
Services Provided By London Boroughs
Do All London Boroughs Provide Wheelie Bins?
The majority of London Boroughs no longer provide wheelie bins to residents free of charge.
Recent government directives to encourage recycling of household waste have prompted councils to promote the use of smaller collection bins to collect specific types of refuse material for recycling.
If you live in a London borough that does not routinely issue wheelie bins for household waste collection, then it is important to check if your council will allow the use of privately purchased wheelie bins. Some councils are quite happy to empty wheelie bins purchased by local residents, while others
will not allow their operatives to remove rubbish from wheelie bins on health and safety grounds due to the fact that their vehicles are not equipped to lift wheelie bins and leaning into wheelie bins or pulling overloaded wheelie bins may be hazardous to their operatives health. Other London boroughs
will not issue wheelie bins to new residents or replace wheelie bins that are lost.
Sometimes residents may be instructed to empty bin bags from the wheelie bins themselves and place the bin bags at the usual collection points. Some of the London boroughs that do not at present issue wheelie bins do intend to issue them in the future. Indeed the use of electronic tagging of wheelie bins may be utilised in the future in conjunction with vehicles that weigh the bins as they are emptied which would allow councils to charge residents according to the weight of refuse that they produce. Such schemes are under consideration by the government in a bid to reduce the amount of household waste placed in wheelie bins which ultimately ends up in landfill sites. It is now common in many parts of Europe for residents to be charged for their domestic waste collection according to weight. It seems quite possible that Britain may follow suit as it lags far being other European countries such as the Netherlands when it comes to the amount of household waste that is actually recycled.
Some councils have taken the decision not to issue wheelie bins on the grounds that to implement such a scheme would be too expensive, while others feel that the use of wheelie bins has a negative impact on residents will to participate in other recycling schemes. In many parts of London it is impractical to supply wheelie bins as properties do not have the storage space for them. In any event of you live in a London borough and intend to purchase a wheelie bin to store household waste in, it's best to check with your local authority to determine what their policy is to the used of privately purchased wheelie bins.