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Make use of your old brown bin

Local people are being urged to: ‘Be kind to the environment and re-use your brown bins’.

Wheeled bins can be put to use in many different ways such as: tool stores, feed stores, water butts and compost bins, to name a few.

We will collect the brown bins, but are encouraging local people to keep and re-use their brown - so here are just a few ideas.

  • It’s never too late to sign up.  So you could just hold on to your bin, just in case you change your mind and decide to opt-in to the scheme later this year.
  • If you prefer the idea of taking your garden rubbish to the tip, use your old brown bin with some strong bin liners to collect up your grass cuttings, hedge clippings and leaves.
  • Wheelie bins make excellent water proof storage for all kinds of things such as:
    • Garden tools, canes, nets, plastic sheeting, plant pots
    • Fire wood
    • Food for your pets/chickens
    • Hay and wood shavings essential for your rabbits and guinea pigs
    • Kid’s garden toys
    • Sport’s equipment
    • Out of season garden furniture and cushions
  • With a little bit of DIY your old brown bin can make an excellent water butt for collecting rainwater.  Most hardware and DIY stores sell conversion kits for a lot less than the cost of a new butt.
  • Wheelie bins can make quite exotic planters for growing potatoes and other root veg.  The more adventurous gardeners might like to try drilling a few judiciously placed holes in your bin to create a cascade of flowers, strawberries, or tomatoes.
  • And for outdoor music lovers, the internet even has a design for a solar powered garden sound system.  But please be considerate of your neighbours.