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Wheelie bin fires

a number of green wheelie bins on a street

Nuisance wheelie bin and rubbish fires are a problem in some neighbourhoods, typically causing damage of up to £1,650 including damage to buildings, cleaning up and the cost of replacement.

To keep your wheelie bin safe, don’t:

  • put out your bin until it is due for collection
  • overfill the bin or leave loose waste around it
  • store in close proximity to a building
  • allow bins or waste to block escape routes
  • store waste by windows or doors

Offer to help neighbours if they are unable to bring in their wheelie bin after collection.

Fly tipping of rubbish as well as being unsightly can lead to deliberate  fires. District Councils operate a bulky waste collection service for items such as Sofa’s, beds and furniture.

  • Typical items that may be collected (please check with your district council for details) are:
  • White goods, such as washing machines, dishwashers, microwave ovens, cookers, hobs and tumble dryers;
  • Televisions, computers and screens;
  • Carpets;
  • Free-standing furniture, such as beds and wardrobes; and
  • Mattresses.

Alternatively, you can dispose of broken or unusable bulky waste at your local household waste recycling centre

 

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