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by Craig Pryce September 11, 2020

People often wonder, what are red wheelie bins used for? In fact, they can actually be used to store a wide variety of different waste materials.

Often, you may find that certain coloured waste bins are only suitable for or used for specific waste streams.

However, with the red wheelie bin, it has different uses with each council across the country — from general waste to mixed recycling, and individual waste types such as paper.

Keep reading to learn about different ways you can use a red wheelie bin at home and in the workplace.


As everyone knows, recycling is important because waste can negatively impact the environment.

When rubbish is sent to landfill sites, it can release harmful chemicals which harm the earth in many ways, such as through soil and water contamination.

So, we must all make a conscious effort to recycle as much waste as possible.

In many areas of the country, local councils provide green bins or boxes for recyclable materials.

However, almost as popular is the red wheelie bin, which is used by some councils and waste management companies to collect mixed recyclables — that is, items such as plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminium, and glass.

Red bins are also used to collect food waste in some parts of the country.

If you find you’re recycling a lot of materials and are struggling with storage space for it at home, an additional red wheelie bin could be a great option for further storage, too.

General domestic waste

Domestic waste is also known as household waste, and this refers to things you throw away from your home regularly.

Some local councils use a red bin for the collection of general waste from homes, and general waste includes most waste that isn’t recyclable at the kerbside.

Examples include nappies, plastic bags, tissues, packaging, sanitary waste, and so on.

Food waste in a bin.

Commercial waste

Commercial waste is any waste that a business produces from any of its premises.

Every business has a level of responsibility to dispose of its waste safely and effectively.

No matter what business you run, you may be provided with a large bin by your waste management company, and this could be for any of your waste streams — from general waste to cardboard; from plastics to glass or food waste.

Having a red waste bin on site is a great way to differentiate between your individual waste streams — you can’t miss a large red bin, after all!

Even if it’s not used for waste, a red wheelie bin can be very useful on commercial and industrial premises for outdoor or indoor storage that can be easily manoeuvred. Factories love them!

Where can I find a red waste bin?

Here at Wheelie Bin Solutions, we have a wide range of red wheelie bins for sale, in multiple sizes and with many options available for customisation and company livery.

So, whether you need some extra recycling storage space, or some additional dry storage space in your commercial or industrial premises, we have the perfect red bin for you.

Craig Pryce

Craig Pryce

With over 17 years of experience in the waste and recycling industry, Craig is passionate about making recycling easier and reducing the negative impact of litter. He has been the managing director of Wheelie Bin Solutions (WBS) since January 2016, and prides the company on his expert knowledge, top-quality products, and customer service. His proudest moment was when WBS supported the 2012 Olympic Games, working in partnership with Contenur UK to supply over 9000 bin containers to all Olympic venues. Craig is always keen to share his knowledge, so whether you need advice about the benefits of a wheelie bin lock, or ideas for alternative uses for your wheelie bin, Craig will ensure your recycling and waste disposal habits are gold medal worthy.