Common questions and answers about wheelie bins

What are the weight limits on each wheelie bin?

The weight allowance varies per container. Please see the standard weight limits per bin

240L General Waste = 10kg

240L Food 80kg

360L General Waste = 15kg

660L General Waste = 35kg

1100L General Waste = 65kg

240L Dry Mixed Recycling = 10kg

360L Dry Mixed Recycling = 15kg

660L Dry Mixed Recycling = 20kg

1100L Dry Mixed Recycling = 35kg

You will be charged per additional kg over this allowance.

What is general waste?

General waste is dry, non-recyclable waste. This must not be hazardous and the waste must be compactable. 

Why do waste bins have weight allowances?

It is industry standard for all commercial containers to have a weight allowance due to health and safety reasons. This also helps prevent the bins being used in an incorrect manner.

What waste can go into recycling?

In our dry mixed recycling containers, you can dispose of any dry and compactable paper, plastic, cardboard and cans.

Can polystyrene and bubble wrap be recycled?

Most of our depots are not currently able to recycle polystyrene and bubble wrap, therefore this would need to be disposed of into your general waste container, please speak to a member of our team to confirm this for your location.

What are the dimensions of all wheelie bins?

240L – 0.58m wide x 1.08m high x 0.72m deep

360L – 0.62m wide x 1.09m high x 0.88m deep

660L – 1.26m wide x 1.3m high x 0.72m deep

1100L – 1.26m wide x 1.4m high x 1.00m deep

What’s the difference between a 40/20yd RORO?

RORO = Roll on / Roll off

The 40 yard Roro has higher sides compared to the 20 yard. If you are unsure whether you would need a 40 yard or 20 yard then we can help with this, the 40 yard is mainly for light waste. Due to the volume you can put into the container, the vehicle collecting needs to be able to lift the 40 yard for an exchange or removal. Should you have heavy/bulky waste then the 20 yard would suit you best, although you can’t get the same volume in the Roro, you can fill this to a level load and then the vehicle will still be able to move this.

Which wheelie bins are lockable?

We can offer both the 660L and 1100L bins lockable. Some of our depots will allow you to put your own lock on either of the smaller bins as long as we are provided with a copy of the key/code

How many black bags can fit into each sized wheelie bin?

240L – Approx. 2-4 bags

360L – Approx. 4-6 bags

660L – Approx. 6-8 bags

1100L – Approx. 10-15 bags

What’s the difference between an FEL and a skip?

These containers have the same capacity; however, they are lifted differently on collection. Like a wheelie bin, an FEL/REL will remain on site but will be emptied on a scheduled basis. However, a skip will be removed and replaced per collection. An FEL is a cost-effective solution for larger volumes of compactable waste.

What bags can I use in the wheelie bins? Can I put the waste loose into the bin?

You can use your standard bin bags when putting the waste into our containers. We recommend using clear sacks for dry mixed recycling bins as this allows us to see if the waste has been contaminated. We also recommend putting compostable bags into our food bins, alternatively, this can be put into the bin loose. You do not need to use bags when disposing of bottles into a glass bin.

Can I put dog waste into the bin?

Dog waste is classed as ‘offensive’ waste and needs to be incinerated and cannot go to landfill. We offer separate services to dispose of this type of waste varying from 30L containers – 770L bins.

What’s the difference between an offensive and hazardous bin?

Offensive Waste is any waste that is non-infectious but may be unpleasant or cause offence to those that come into contact with it. Hazardous waste is anything that presents a substantial threat to public health. Every time hazardous waste is moved, you will require a hazardous waste consignment note.

What are your bins made of? Can I get a metal bin?

Most suppliers provide containers made of polyethene containing plastic. However, some depots are still able to offer metal wheelie bins.

What size are pre-paid bin bags?

Our bags can vary in size depending on the supplier they come from. However, these are anywhere between 50-70L, like your standard bin liner at home. These bags are slightly thicker than your normal bin liner. They will have our suppliers name printed on these, so we know these bags are ready for collection. Our general waste bag has a weight allowance of 5kg, and our recycling bags have a weight allowance of 2kg.

Do you offer bin cleaning for food waste bins or do you exchange these?

With food waste containers, the best way to keep the bin clean is by lining it with a clear plastic bin bag. This means that the bin will stay clean and all waste will be in a bag ready for removal. Some suppliers do offer a bin cleaning/ bin exchange service, but this is area specific.

What happens if a wheelie bin is stolen?

If your bin gets stolen the best thing to do is call our customer services team. They will be able to advise the best course of action for this. Replacement bins can be sent out to your site should this happen (This may come at a cost for the lost property of the container if you check with your business insurance the waste containers may fall under this).

Why can’t I put wood and metal into the wheelie bin?

All waste going inside a wheelie bin must be compactable if not this can damage our vehicles. If you are disposing of anything not capable of being compacted, we are able to offer you a skip service for this waste.

How long can I keep my skip for before getting it removed?

Many suppliers will want the skip exchanging approximately between 4-6weeks. This depends on the job itself and these can be negotiated should you need it there longer.

Are enclosed skips lockable?

All enclosed skips will come with a bolt that holds the doors in place. There is room on the bolt to put a padlock should you wish to secure this, even more.

How often can the bin be collected?

We are able to offer a range of collection frequencies depending on how many times we are in the area. These vary from daily, twice weekly, weekly and fortnightly being our minimum frequency.

What type of waste can go into the different type of wheelie bins?

240L – General waste, Dry mixed recycling, glass, food

360L – General waste, dry mixed recycling

660L – General waste, dry mixed recycling

1100L – General waste, dry mixed recycling

Why do we use wheelie bins to collect waste?

Wheelie Bins, as well as being a compact size and easy to reach height for users, are highly manoeuvrable and perfect for businesses to dispose of dry compactable waste. Their manoeuvrability is particularly useful for businesses whose sites have poor vehicle access.

Highly manoeuvrable

Dry compactable waste

Hygienic due to lid

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