When you’re out and about and find yourself with an empty drink can or a food wrapper, you may think that you are being responsible by putting it in someone’s black wheelie bin. However in an online debate, some have warned that doing this may come with big consequences.
The simple act of putting your rubbish in someone else’s bin is a big mistake, according to people online, and it can cause major “hassle” for the owner of the wheelie bin. In a recent debate on Reddit’s Casual UK forum, the majority of people said it wasn’t ok to put rubbish in other people’s bins as you walk past.
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, the Mirror reports.
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. If it was the green bin no problem.”
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.