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We’re all familiar with the plastic wheelie bins that we cram full to the brim before every garbage day. These bins are designed to be tough, resistant to the elements, and generally indestructible. However, what happens when you don’t need your wheelie bin anymore, or a part of your bin accidentally cracks or breaks? Or have your local authorities recently replaced wheelie bins completely, and now you’re not sure what to do with your faithful bins? In this article, we take a look at how to dispose of a wheelie bin in the UK, and why these robust, plastic bins can be a big problem for the environment.

What are wheelie bins made of?

So, what makes wheelie bins so indestructible? Wheelie bins are designed to be extra tough so they can withstand the elements, and need to be robust enough to avoid damage when accidentally knocked or blown over.

Direct2U tells us more about the robust plastic that wheelie bins are constructed from:

“Wheelie Bins are made of polyethylene, a robust plastic material that can withstand harsh elements such as acids, alkalis, fungi & bacteria. Polyethylene is also the perfect material for the British weather as it resists cracks, dents & bending. This is highly desirable during the windy seasons when wheelie bins are knocked around quite a bit.”

How can I reuse my wheelie bin?

Are you in a position where you no longer need your old wheelie bin? There are several ways you can put it to good use, while protecting the environment at the same time. gives us ideas on how to reuse your wheelie bins:

“If you have an allotment or you’re a keen gardener, why not drill some holes in the bin to make a water butt or compost bin?

Use them as dry storage for plant pots, bamboo canes, plastic sheets, nets, or wood chips

Use them to store firewood if you have a wood burner

Cut them in half to make a quirky garden planter or even a wheelbarrow!”

Recycle your wheelie bin


It’s important that no matter what you do, you don’t fly-tip your damaged or no longer needed wheeling bin. Do your research on local companies that are willing to recycle your wheelie bin for you, or who are able to reuse it themselves.

Wheelie Bin Solutions explains how you may be able to recycle your wheelie bins:

“There are several companies in the UK that recycle HDPE wheelie bins; however, most seem to have a minimum collection limit, meaning they won’t collect one or two bins from your home address or business premises. Some of these companies are working with local councils and waste management companies though, so make sure to contact them about recycling your old bin.”

We offer a wide variety of waste disposal options, including how to safely recycle wheelie bins, with services readily available online. Reach out to us to see what we can offer you.

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