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Exhibiting At Grand Designs Live!

Wheelie Bin Covers will be exhibiting at the Grand Designs Live Exhibition in October, so if you are attending, make sure you come and visit our Stand.

Grand Designs Live 2009

The Exhibition runs from 9th-11th October at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham. Grand Designs Live, the award-winning event attracts thousands of visitors each year. The event will showcase lots of new, innovative designs like our Wheelie Bin Covers.

For further information about the show or to book tickets, visit

We look forward to welcoming you to Stand G10 – you will be able see our Wheelie Bin Covers and discover how easy they are to assemble and use.

Watch this space for further details about what we are planning for the show.

See you there!


We all know that society produces too much rubbish in our modern lives and thankfully most people now are much more aware and prepared to do their bit to help. Some, of course, have little choice now that many Local Authorities require residents to sort their rubbish into separate bins, one for general rubbish and others for particular materials that can go on to be recycled.

And while some people complain that wheelie bins are a nuisance and are difficult to store, the evidence shows that recycling in this way really is working, so the system is here to stay. It may be true that black rubbish bags were easier to move around and store for people in terraced houses and other difficult properties, but wheelies do have definite advantages for Health and Safety, deterring pests and rodents like foxes, cats and rats.

Most areas will recycle a number of materials, which can only be good news for the planet. Plastic was a fantastic invention, but at the time nobody considered its impact on the environment, so using existing plastic items to produce new ones is the best way forward. Many people use blue bins, or bins with blue lids for plastic items.


Glass is something that has been recycled for a long time. Some people will remember glass milk bottles and fizzy drink bottles, and many years ago customers would pay a penny deposit, and when the glass bottle was returned to the shop, the customer got their penny deposit back. Nowadays ‘Bottle Banks’ are common-place, and often on a Sunday morning the smashing of glass can be heard as it hits the bottom of the bank.

Newspapers and cardboard are a big part of recycling now. More and more packaging is being used on items and it is creating major problems in landfill sites across the country. Back in the last century, of course, newspapers would be recycled in fish shops where they would be used to wrap fish and chips, but that custom was stopped as a potential health hazard.

Aluminium drink cans and tins are also common items to be recycled now. They are turned into all manner of things, from aircraft parts to another can!

There is no denying that recycling is a good thing – it’s just unfortunate that to make it economically viable in this country, collections can only be made every couple of weeks and in the meantime, the items need to be stored in bins that are unsightly and large. However, using Wheelie Bin Covers is a great way to do your bit for the environment, without spoiling the look of your garden. Quick to assemble and easy to use, Wheelie Bin Covers will make a superb addition to your outside space, regardless of the number of separate recycling bins you need to accommodate.

Wheelie Bins

It is almost impossible to drive around any town or city in the country these days without seeing a least one rogue wheelie bin on a pavement somewhere, that hasn’t been put away, though they have become such a part of our social landscape in recent years, that unless it is ‘bin day’ most people hardly give wheelie bins a second glance.

Love them or loathe them, most people would agree that wheelie bins are here to stay and they are, for the most part, a great help in the management of waste and recycling collections for the majority of households.

Of course, the way your rubbish and recycling is organised, depends on where you live, as Local Authorities are responsible for meeting Government targets in these areas and can decide for themselves the best way to do this. Most areas have now reduced collections to once a fortnight for general household rubbish, and once a fortnight for recyclable items, on alternate weeks throughout the year.

Wheelie Bins

A number of surveys have been carried out both before the introduction of fortnightly collections and a few months later, and the results have been very positive. It seems that although many people had been against these changes, when re-questioned four or five months later, a significant number of people agreed that the changes had been for the better and that their fears about fortnightly collections were largely unfounded.

In the last seven years, around 3.5million extra wheelie bins have been delivered in England and now almost two out of three homes have them. Many households have more than one and some need to find space for three or even four. Most have one for general household rubbish, and others are for specific areas of recycling. Again, depending on the Local Authority, you may be required to separate your paper and cardboard, glass jars and bottles, tins and aluminium cans, plastics and garden waste.

Few people would disagree that there are advantages to having a wheelie bin, in preference to the old black bags that used to be piled up on our streets. In the bad old days, the night before a regular collection residents would put their black bags out onto the pavement, and often by the time the refuse lorry arrived the following morning, local cats or foxes had torn open a number of bags and their contents were to be found strewn across the pavement and road. Not only was this a familiar eyesore, but a health hazard.

Black bags were also often the source of injury to Waste Collection Operatives (formerly called dustmen), as people would dispose of broken glass and other sharp items without wrapping them properly, and these would pierce the plastic bag, and often also their protective gloves, causing nasty cuts and injuries.

So, wheelie bins might not be the prettiest of things to look at, but they are a useful way of storing rubbish and items for recycling until they can be taken away and dealt with safely and securely. The trick, really, is to find away to make them look less unsightly.

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