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by Craig Pryce May 13, 2021

If you are trying to buy wheelie bins at present, you may notice several of the most popular products, colours and sizes are low in stock or out of stock, including some of our most popular – including the 1100 litre wheelie bins and 240l wheelie bins at the time of writing.

Disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has hit plastic production in many countries around the world, leading to a worldwide shortage of plastic for manufacturing products including wheelie bins.

A lack of new HDPE has hit wheelie bin manufacturers worldwide, including those who supply the high-quality HDPE wheelie bins sold by Wheelie Bin Solutions.

Why has plastic production been hit by COVID-19?

Plastic is a global supply chain. Raw materials from the petrochemicals sector are processed and turned into fresh plastic, which is then made into finished products via processes like injection moulding.

Some of the main locations where this takes place have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple ways:

  • A total shutdown of production in some places
  • Large numbers of staff quarantining at times
  • Restrictions on international travel and deliveries

At the same time, bad weather has added to the problems during the winter months, and the blocked Suez Canal caused temporary disruption to many more supply chains, as did delays arising from Brexit between the UK and mainland Europe. 

Need help with your order?

If you need to buy new wheelie bins and would like to check our latest stock, please contact Wheelie Bin Solutions and we'll be happy to help.

At present, most of our product range is still available, although large bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible in case of any further supply disruption.

We will continue to work closely with our suppliers to avoid any future disruption as we all move through the later phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and life can return more to normality.

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.