Bins and rubbish bags

Walking into a bin or tripping over a recycling bag or container is not a daily challenge for the average pedestrian, so awareness levels amongst the public is low.

Obstructions that block pavements have a far greater impact on blind and partially sighted people than they do for other sections of the community. Each and every wheelie bin, bin bag or recycling bag that obstructs a pavement increases the risk of accidents and injury. They are a trip hazard and where hard surfaces come into sharp contact with skin, they can lead to physical injuries.

The briefings focus on England but even if you're based in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, we hope they're useful. You can contact your local campaigns team for more information.

Who put that there! Bins and recycling containers and what you can do about them

We've put together all the relevant facts we could find on wheelie bins and recycling containers and the law.

How to start a local campaign

Having a problem with wheelie bins being left out on pavements in your local area? You can download our guide to starting a campaign. The Guide contains all the relevant knowledge and a few ideas to get you started in your campaign.

Template letter

If you're having a problem in your area with wheelie bins, you'll probably want to raise the matter with the local authority. Feel free to use our template letter to do so, just remember to change it to fit your circumstances...

Further information

For more information about what's going on in your local area or the contact details of your local member of the Campaigns team check out our regional pages