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by Craig Pryce May 15, 2020

Almost every household and commercial property across the country has at least one wheelie bin — more often two or three.

You may have considered wheelie bin storage in the past but now is a great time to get it sorted, while you’re spending more time at home and in the garden.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons why you might want wheelie bin storage, all of your storage options, and how to build your own storage if you don’t want to buy it.

Why might you want wheelie bin storage?

There are a number of reasons why you might want or need wheelie bin storage for your home or business premises.

Wheelie bins are inoffensive to look at (in fact, our coloured bins are good-looking!) but they do store rubbish and so if your only option is to store them at the front of your house or business, then you may prefer to store them out of sight.

Another reason for opting for storage could be the fact that bins can look messy strewn around a garden or place of work.

Alternatively, you may wish to achieve a sense of security by locking your wheelie bins away in storage; after all, those drunk people heading home from the pub are far less likely to move or steal your bins if they’re hidden away and hard to access.

Being more difficult to access, you’d also be far less likely to have wild animals jumping in for a rummage too!

A final benefit is that your wheelie bins will be protected from strong winds. Living in the UK, we’ve all had to pick our bin up at one point or another, and collect up all the rubbish that has fallen out of it.

So, as you can see above, that’s a good number of reasons for taking a look at storage for your recycling bins.

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Wheelie bin storage options

Now you know how useful wheelie bin storage can be, let’s look at your options. You could:

  • Buy a purpose-built wheelie bin store (which may be wooden or metal)
  • Make space in a larger garden building for your bins, such as a garage or shed
  • Make your own wheelie bin store

How to create your own wheelie bin store

Equipment and materials you might need to make your store:

  • Paving slabs
  • Timber
  • Hinges
  • Saw
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Spade

Before you get building, you’ll first need to decide on where you’d like your wheelie bin store to be located.

We’d recommend somewhere near your front or back door of your property and with easy access to your collection point for the council or private waste management team.

Next, take measurements so you know exactly how large the storage will need to be.

If the area you have chosen is already paved, then mark the store out on the ground. If it is lawned, then mark it, cut out the turf, and lay slabs that are level with the grass next to them.

When it comes to the construction of the store, you’ll find many helpful tutorial videos online, but as an overall guide for a store for one wheelie bin, you’ll need to create a timber frame for each of the five sides of it.

Bear in mind that one frame will be a lid and one will be a door. You may wish to use metal for the lid instead, however.

Measure everything carefully and take your time so that the finished result is the right size and shape and fits together well.

For a long-term storage solution, make sure the wood is treated, either before or after you buy it.

Craig Pryce
Craig Pryce


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