Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bin Stuffers – The new crime that’s sweeping Britain

Redbridge Council may describe their bin service as “your rubbish collection” but actually their collection of household waste, recycling and green waste is quite good and not rubbish at all. We have even got a new free bulky waste collection service. However, all is not well elsewhere and given the state of our council’s finances I thought I’d get in quick before they consider taking on “best practice” or “innovative new ideas” from other council’s up and down the country. We don’t want this (below) catching on do we?

128 bus stop Wensleydale Avenue, 7pm 24 August 2015
Yes, that is a Tesco trolley behind the bin
The new crime that’s sweeping Britain via Business Waste
Who’s watching your rubbish bins? That’s the question that’s being asked as phantom bin stuffers are avoiding tip fees and council fines by stuffing their rubbish into other people’s bins.
It’s an anti-social behaviour that many in the recycling industry warned would happen as extra red tape makes it cheaper for rogue traders and lazy householders to dump their rubbish onto other people.
Recent cases of criminal activity meeting official lack of common sense have resulted in residential bins not being emptied because bin lids are open less than an inch, and companies unlocking their premises in the morning to find their bins filled to the brim with another company’s rubbish.
In a recent incident, one resident of Gloucester found that local contractors had not emptied his domestic bin because the lid was open by less than an inch, after a phantom bin stuffer had filled his wheelie bin to the brim overnight.
“It’s this kind of mindless red tape brought in with the best of intentions, that is infuriating for the victims,” says Hall. “And when councils start handing out on-the-spot fines for over-filled bins or the wrong kind of recycling, it’s only going to get worse.”
“‘Closed lid’ policies that encourage people to recycle more sound great in a council meeting room, but in practice it reeks of bureaucrats not understanding the real world,” he continued. “Council policy is often geared to punishing people for full bins, rather than help them cut down on their waste.”
Full article here.
Here’s another one spotted earlier by Redbridge Blue.


  1. I live in the London Borough of Ealing, in Greenford, where many of our street bins have begun to attract bags like these. In some cases, usually outside parades of shops, neighbouring businesses are to blame but the clusters of carriers bags are usually down to street drinkers, behaviour which has become very common in the last few years thanks to an increasingly transient population sharing rented accommodation. It has become such a problem that the local police have begun a period of zero tolerance (#OpBottletop), confiscating bottles and cans. In our borough there is no doubt that the approach to waste disposal and recycling has been influence by cuts. Ealing Council has experimented with the removal of some street bins and have said that rubbish is now being taken home. In fact it is dumped or put into bins provided by businesses such as Tesco. They have also trialed solar powered bins that need emptying less often because they compact the contents. When it comes to residential collections we will be having fortnightly collections from next year which will require the use of wheelie bins (this has made some residents very unhappy - others are delighted) so we have yet to experience issues involving overfilling. I would like to see containers to recycle cans and bottles alongside street bins but this has never been explored seriously. Unfortunately the introduction of a green waste charge has led to residents putting it into household waste collections, fly-tipping it or paving over front and back gardens.

  2. this is why there is a rule about not putting your bins out before a certain time before the day of collection....and hopefully Redbridge never introduce wheelie bins as this is even worse as people leave them out side the front of their houses on show... i have a wheelie bin but leave it in my back garden and i bother to get up early on collection day i do this due to wildlife ripping them open thus resulting in my rubbish being strewn all over the place.....we never have a problem in my road due to everyone having the same decentcy...