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How to get a wheelie bin in the black market?

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Chandra Mon 21-Feb-05 16:03:41

We inherited an unwheeled bin from the previous owners of this house, but as we needed to repair a door before being able to use a wheelie bin I have postponing getting the thing. Well, I finally rang the council today to ask if I could have one, or if I needed to buy it where could I get one. And I have been told I can't have one, when I mentioned about other neighbours having one they told me it was on medical grounds (honestly, the only medical grounds I see is that they have a doctor in their family, but anyways) and then she suggested me to use a wheel barrow instead , how did she got to think I could have a wheel barrow I don't have a clue. But in a way I am surprised about not being able to get one. The council give us a supply of refuse sacks every month and I guess it would be cheaper and easier for their staff if they can wheel a wheelie to the truck rather than carry everything by hand.

Thinking that the ownership of wheelie bins in my street is so randomly distributed, I think that the apearance of an extra wheelie bin could be hardly noticed, so... does anybody know of a clandestine supplier of wheelie bins?

Ameriscot2005 Mon 21-Feb-05 16:10:47

You can buy them in Costco.

jangly Mon 21-Feb-05 16:24:45

Oooh - the council left us two. And they were threatening to supply a third! Was thinking of putting it on e-bay. Postage would be a fortune though.

Chandra Mon 21-Feb-05 16:34:52

It depends, where are you located? (i'm very serious about this matter ). Off to check Ebay...

PS No Costco in my area

jangly Mon 21-Feb-05 16:49:59

Better not risk having a man from the council banging on my door asking for it! Getting fed up with the thing though! (life's not fair, is it!!)

charliecat Mon 21-Feb-05 16:51:44

Get one of your wheeliebinned neighbours to ring up and say thiers has been nicked and could they have a replacement please? And then you have it...failing that nick one of the neighbours and plead innocent when they ask why you have thiers

whymummy Mon 21-Feb-05 16:56:37

could you stick an old skating board to your bin?
homebase sells them too

whymummy Mon 21-Feb-05 16:57:03

wheely bins that is

gingerbear Mon 21-Feb-05 16:58:42

whatever you do you must get one of these for it!

whymummy Mon 21-Feb-05 17:00:34

they're fantastic gingerbear,but will the bin men be able to find them?lol

treacletart Mon 21-Feb-05 19:55:44

You can buy wheelie bins here

WestCountryLass Mon 21-Feb-05 19:56:00

Steal someone elses and paint your house number on it

treacletart Mon 21-Feb-05 19:58:49

Blimey! Ive just checked the prices - £54! not exactly a steal is it? but they do have the grace to throw in a free bottle of wine

SoupDragon Mon 21-Feb-05 20:01:12

Can't you just claim to have a bad back which makes lifting an ordinary dustbin impossible?

hoxtonchick Mon 21-Feb-05 20:02:12

buy one from b&q

Chandra Mon 21-Feb-05 21:21:41

Thanks for your replies, I have not seen them in Home Base or B&Q yet, and I sepnd there more time that in the supermarket

Charliecat, I have enough already of being the eccentric-foreigner as to become the eccentric-foreigner-who-steals-wheelie-bins!

gingerbear, love the flowers but I believe that the wheelie bin would look too alive in my neglected garden.

Thanks for the link Treacletart, I'm just waiting for tomorrow when my neighbours take out their wheelie bins to see if there are some green ones, I can't imagine the frustration of my green whelie bin being discriminated and left behind because it was not a council one (usually black), and talking about colour, I have seen some village whose wheelie bins had a lovely shade of purple, if it had not been for the impracticalities of transporting a used wheelie bin in a clean car I could have been very tempted to nick it

Thanks again.

galaxy Mon 21-Feb-05 21:25:35

Be a bit careful. We paid £15.00 for a 2nd hand wheelie bin only to find it wasn't compatible with the refuse trucks here so check it out before you pay!

Chandra Mon 21-Feb-05 21:42:18

Oh dear!, how do I check that (the woman in the phone suggested I didn't have the right to have one so I guss she won't be willing to volunteer that info on the phone. I guess I will need to stalk those neighbour's whelie bins tomorrow.

galaxy Mon 21-Feb-05 21:42:56

Yes basically look at the style they are. Different trucks have different equipment for loading.

Snugs Mon 21-Feb-05 21:52:45

If you don't have the right to one, does that mean the council have a list of addresses to collect from? You might end up shelling out cash for a bin that doesn't get emptied.

Chandra Mon 21-Feb-05 22:02:54

I don't think so as there are some neighbours from the back street that is very narrow that take their bins out to my street (they get also the council bags). BEsides, the poor guys have already enough work to pick up bags and bins, and run behind the truck as to be checking whose wheelie bin is it. I guess the lack of general use of wheelie bins is because the street is full of victorian terraces that don't have access to the back from the front, more than any other reason.

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