In many rural areas of the UK, predominantly remote villages, wheelie bins are not provided by councils for every household and residents usually put their rubbish out in sealed black bags, a few hours before collection is due. Whilst in some geographical settings this might work out just fine, in any settlement located on the coast, a major inconvenience arises, in the form of seagulls. They are certainly charming creatures and an indispensible feature of the marine environment, yet they do have a very bothersome habit – that of tearing people’s black bags apart and dragging the rubbish all over the streets. Other animals do it as well, such as cats or dogs, yet seagulls are the principal culprits when it comes to small fishing villages, for instance. They create an awful mess in a fairly short interval, which results in household occupants having to sweep the streets and repackage the rubbish in new bags. Obviously, when the rubbish is spread all over the street, council employees do not collect it and it is just the perfect scene to come home to after a hard day’s work.
The only solution to that is purchasing a wheelie bin, preferably lockable, which guarantees that all intruders will be kept out and prevents any littering. The standard capacity for household wheelie bins in of 240 litres, yet many variations are available and the choice should be made according to every household’s needs. They range from small bins with a capacity of under 100 litres to giant 1100 litre ones, which are typically used on commercial premises. They are generally made from plastic and thus are very light and more hygienic than other variations; their wheels also insure excellent mobility. The locking feature is important as well, as seagulls and other animals have the strength to push lids open and the imminent result is the usual mess. In fact, in large cities they are known to regularly ransack through tenement bins, which are communal and are never locked. Although wheelie bins with lockable lids are more expensive, in the long run they are well worth the money as they will save you a lot of trouble.
Needless to say, in areas where councils don’t provide wheelie bins for general waste, they don’t provide recycling bins either (although there usually are some communal ones, even small villages). If you want your own recycling bins however, you should look into buying wheelie bins for this purpose (some models come with special apertures for each type of material) or indoor recycling bins, if your property is spacious enough.