A wheelie bin is a refuse bin with two castors wheels attached to aid movement. This ingenious design was first developed in Germany in the 1970’s and has since then been sold in its millions around the world. This type of bin is affectionately named a wheelie bin. The term ‘wheelie bin’ derives from the fact that when moving the bin on the castors wheels it assumes a position similar to achieving a wheelie on a bike or motorbike. This is a position where the front wheels are raised off the ground and movement is achieved solely on the back wheels.
Many local authorities provide these wheelie bins for domestic use, as they have steadily replaced the old fashioned metal bins. The more modern invention of a large rectangular bin on castors makes the job of the dust men and refuse collectors a less risky and a less strenuous one. Also as the wheelie bins are required to be presented at the kerb, rather than left by the back door, the castors make it easier for the bin to be moved and placed on the roadside by homeowners. The invention of castors on bins has meant a reduction in serious injuries both to the homeowner and refuse collector.
In many domestic environments people are recommended to maintain their bin, by keeping it clean inside and replacing broken castors. The wheelie bin, albeit a hard wearing bin, often requires replacement castors. Wheelie bin castors or nose wheels are essentially a two hundred diameter wheel mounted on a plastic castors axel. Within the axel is a retainer clip to hold the replacement castors wheel in place. In many circumstances replacing the wheel and castors is a more cost effective than replacing the whole wheelie bin and many local councils have a replacements castors service.
Wheelie bins are also used in commercial environments and many refuse and collection companies have a range of bins, tailored to individual needs. Commercial bins tend to be larger in size, and vary from five hundred litres up to over one thousand litres. The importance of recycling has led to the development of a variety of recycling bins on castors. Commercial bins on castors are often categorised into different types of waste, such as general waste, paper and cardboard and green waste. The vast majority of commercial bins all have castors attached to their bases. This again makes the presentation of the bin and the movement of the bin to the refuse truck, a much simpler and smoother process.
Castors on refuse bins have been an integral part of waste management for many years. Castors often house either a nylon wheel or a rubber wheel. Nylon wheeled castors have the added benefit of strength and are extremely hardwearing on industrial floors. Other waste management providers prefer the option of castors with rubber wheels. These have the added benefit of being smoother and quieter on concrete and industrial surfaces. Unlike their domestic counterparts, commercial bins also house castors with a brake, which ensures the bins can be positioned securely within the factor or warehouse site.