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What to Do With Overflowing Bins

Bins overflowing can cause a real headache for businesses and households. There’s nothing more annoying than taking a bag of general waste to your wheelie bin outside or some old cardboard boxes to the workplace recycling bins only to find them overflowing. It’s even worse if the next collection isn’t due for a few days or a week.

A good waste management plan should help businesses avoid bins overflowing. However, things can crop up that means your organisation or home ends up with some surprising excess waste. A change in your collection schedule may also lead to an overflowing bin, but there are things you can do to tackle the problem.

Find out how to prevent a bin from overflowing and what to do with any that are already teeming with rubbish.

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Problems with an 
overflowing rubbish bin

Dealing with an overflowing rubbish bin isn’t a pleasant experience. In most cases, you’ll have to get your hands dirty and remove any waste bags or items that won’t fit in the bin. This is because most local authorities and waste management companies won’t empty or remove your bin if it’s overfull.

Any bags of waste left next to or on top of a wheelie bin are unlikely to be removed. Some waste removal firms, or local councils, may also refuse to empty or take away an overflowing bin as they’ll have to pay overweight charges at the waste management site. These may then be passed down to you, depending on the situation.

Any overflowing rubbish bin is also unhygienic, creating a breeding ground for bacteria, disease, and maggots. Excess rubbish spilling out of the bin can attract bigger pests such as rats into the vicinity of your home or business. It can be off-putting for customers and clients visiting your premises, giving off a poor impression, and negatively affecting your neighbours.

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How to deal with overflowing 
wheelie bins at home

When you’ve got a wheelie bin overflowing in your backyard, on the drive, or the curb outside your house it can quickly entice pests. Soon a bad smell may also develop that makes walking in and out of your home highly unpleasant. And if you’ve got nosy neighbours it won’t be long before they kick up a fuss.

Most local councils or authorities won’t collect any excess waste left on or next to your household bins. Some may refuse to empty overflowing domestic bins, which can make the problem worse. If you’ve got too much rubbish for a wheelie bin at home – whether your general waste, recycling, or garden waste bin – there are a few things you can do:

  • Contact your local council – most household bin collections in the UK are run by local councils or authorities. Get in touch with yours if your bin is overflowing with rubbish and they should offer a solution. This could be providing you with an extra domestic recycling or general waste bin, or arranging an extra collection. There could be a cost for these services, depending on where you live.
  • Visit your nearest household waste recycling centre (HWRC) – find your local HWRC and check that they accept the type of rubbish that’s overflowing from your bin. Most HWRCs accept everything from excess domestic general waste and recyclables such as cardboard, as well as bulky items and WEEE waste.
  • Arrange a one-off collection – some councils provide additional domestic waste collections for bulky waste and garden waste, though there may be a charge. Alternatively, use a professional waste management company such as Business Waste for one-off removals of a wide range of waste types to get your overflowing bin back under control.

What to do with excess 
rubbish as a business

An overflowing wheelie bin isn’t a good look for your business, even if it’s an overflowing recycling bin. It can signal to clients, customers, and visitors that your organisation isn’t in control of its waste, which gives off a poor impression. Plus, waste bags and rubbish that won’t fit in your bins can attract pests.

Knowing what to do with excess rubbish is important to help your business get its waste management back on track and to avoid any potential overweight charges for your bin collections. If your business has one or more overflowing bins then there are a few options to tackle this excess waste responsibly:

  • Book an emergency bin collection – if your next waste collections aren’t for a few days, a week, or longer, then a fast solution is to arrange a one-off bin removal. At Business Waste we can work on a quick turnaround to book a collection slot for a wide range of waste types anywhere in the UK to stop your bins from overflowing.
  • Add extra bins to your service – when your organisation regularly finds its bins overflowing it could be a sign that you’re producing more waste than previously thought. Adding one or more extra bins to your collection service of the waste type you’re creating more of can eliminate bins from overflowing in the future.
  • Use bigger bins – another solution to regular overflowing waste bins is to switch and use larger containers to store your commercial waste. Make the step up from 240 litre wheelie bins to 360 litre wheelie bins for example, and it should ensure this excess waste fits in the bin.
  • Arrange more frequent collections – bigger and more bins are good for dry waste that can stay on your premises for a while. However, for any rubbish that’s hazardous (such as clinical waste) or starts to smell quickly, like food waste, you don’t want it hanging around your business for too long. Instead, consider changing to more frequent bin collections, so your rubbish has less chance to build up and overflow from your bins.
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How to prevent overflowing bins

There are many solutions to deal with an overflowing rubbish bin efficiently, but it’s more cost-effective and easier to prevent the situation in the first place. Good planning and waste control measures can ensure your bins never overflow again. These are a few ways to avoid overflowing bins at your home or business:

  • Separate your waste – sort your domestic and commercial waste into different streams to ensure as much as possible is recycled. This also avoids too much rubbish ending up in general waste bins or dry mixed recycling bins being overfull if you use separate paper, cardboard, and plastic bins.
  • Compress packaging waste – flatten as much waste as you can, such as cardboard boxes, juice cartons, and drinks cans to save space and prevent an overflowing recycling bin.
  • Review your waste production – assess your waste creation and identify any areas where more rubbish is now being produced. Factor this into your waste management plan and see if you need more, bigger, or new bins to store your waste (or any extra collections).
  • Plan for seasonal events – many households and businesses produce more waste at Christmas and other times of the year. Book any additional collections or bigger bins in advance of such events to ensure you’ve got enough space to store any extra waste you produce.
  • Compost food waste – if your food waste bins are overflowing, consider creating a compost pile. These are cheap and easy, and you can use the nutrient-rich soil in your garden. For businesses, it can reduce your costs for commercial food waste collection too.
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Arrange bin collection on a schedule to suit your needs and avoid your bins overflowing, with daily, weekly, and fortnightly removals available. Our experts can also conduct a waste audit and help develop an effective waste management plan to ensure all your commercial waste is controlled effectively.

Get a free no obligation quote for wheelie bins and commercial waste collection in the UK today – contact us online or call 0800 211 8390. Speak to one of our friendly experts and they can answer your questions and find a fast solution to deal with any overflowing bins.

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