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my black wheelie bin got stolen! advice?

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The bin men came and emptied our bins and around an hour after I noticed my black bin had disappeared! (Stolen?) anyway the council obviously weren't very helpful and said it was our problem not their…
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1m, 5d agoPosted 1 month, 5 days ago
The bin men came and emptied our bins and around an hour after I noticed my black bin had disappeared! (Stolen?) anyway the council obviously weren't very helpful and said it was our problem not theirs! I would need to pay for another bin which costs over £55! Should I be taking a different route? Anyone had a similar thing happen?
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1m, 5d agoPosted 1 month, 5 days ago
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#1
Hi,

Some councils will replace it for free. My bin went missing and Leeds Council replaced it
#2
I'll be interested to see the comments on this, but I would be of the impression that the bin is your responsibility - if you lose it or it gets stolen you'll have to replace it?

Have you gone round your neighbours to see if they have taken it in error? We lost ours for a few days and noticed that one of the neighbours was trying to be 'helpful' and put it back in another neighbours garden.

If it isn't already, can I suggest you clearly label your bin with paint or similar to confirm the house name / number it relates to.
#3
northerngeezer
Hi,
Some councils will replace it for free. My bin went missing and Leeds Council replaced it
Not barnet!:(
#4
ipswich78
I'll be interested to see the comments on this, but I would be of the impression that the bin is your responsibility - if you lose it or it gets stolen you'll have to replace it?

Have you gone round your neighbours to see if they have taken it in error? We lost ours for a few days and noticed that one of the neighbours was trying to be 'helpful' and put it back in another neighbours garden.

If it isn't already, can I suggest you clearly label your bin with paint or similar to confirm the house name / number it relates to.
Tried the neighbours seems to have been stolen! And bin was clearly labelled in white paint..
#5
hmm shouldn't council cover that. my neighbors got stolen so she decided she would take mine. I asked for it back but she insisted it was hers. unfortunately you would have to pay for another as I was told. if you do pay for another you need to chain it to something.
#6
Thieve somebody elses
#7
the bin men also left a bin outside ours from another street. I had to wheel it back
#8
I lost a wheelie bin once, and it turned out that the Refuse Collectors, accidentally managed allow it to drop into the back of the truck during collections . They were not able to retrieve it, but did report it once they got back , so when I rang the council ( nobody bothered to tell me) they knew what had happened and arranged for a new bin to be delivered. That took them five days thou.
Is it possible this has happened here.
#9
Mine disappeared into the back of the bin lorry! I just happened to see it go. When I told the council, they just replaced it. Perhaps that's where your bin went. Maybe worth saying you think that's what happened?
#10
Go and have a look around the neighbourhood someone either has it or someone has hid it.
#11
aninginaneana
Mine disappeared into the back of the bin lorry! I just happened to see it go. When I told the council, they just replaced it. Perhaps that's where your bin went. Maybe worth saying you think that's what happened?
We tried that! They said it would have been reported by now :(
#12
plodging
Thieve somebody elses
Tempting ..
#13
I lost 2 wheelie bins plus 3 recycling boxes and lids to a neighbour's garden fire. The council initially told me I had to pay to replace everything. When I mentioned getting my local councillor involved they suddenly managed to replace them foc. Different situation I know, but still you shouldn't be left out of pocket for something that is not your fault.
#14
Most councils charge for new bins now
#15
BobMass
I lost 2 wheelie bins plus 3 recycling boxes and lids to a neighbour's garden fire. The council initially told me I had to pay to replace everything. When I mentioned getting my local councillor involved they suddenly managed to replace them foc. Different situation I know, but still you shouldn't be left out of pocket for something that is not your fault.
As far as they're concerned I could have sold it! So they say..
#16
Crazy Chris
Most councils charge for new bins now

Mine got stole a while ago and apparently loads in the area were going missing. They said a lot were found in allotments as they used them for water butts

Edited By: Crazy Chris on Jan 20, 2017 11:13
#17
It will be on your local council website. What to do and if it will cost..
#18
blobbythin
aninginaneana
Mine disappeared into the back of the bin lorry! I just happened to see it go. When I told the council, they just replaced it. Perhaps that's where your bin went. Maybe worth saying you think that's what happened?
We tried that! They said it would have been reported by now :(
They never told me! If I hadn't witnessed it, it would have been another mystery. Good luck. Agree with BobMass it's worth asking your councillor.
#19
blobbythin
plodging
Thieve somebody elses
Tempting ..
Ain't there an empty house nearby?
#20
bin men probably dropped it to the bin wagon happens all the time
#21
Did u actually see it after the bin men left ur street I think they probably threw it in with the garbage I'm sure that's what one of ur neighbours saw ring the council back and report it's been nicked by the council via the bin collection service and neighbours have told u so u want it replaced or they should stop the council charging for collections until they actually start it again.
#22
blobbythin
BobMass
I lost 2 wheelie bins plus 3 recycling boxes and lids to a neighbour's garden fire. The council initially told me I had to pay to replace everything. When I mentioned getting my local councillor involved they suddenly managed to replace them foc. Different situation I know, but still you shouldn't be left out of pocket for something that is not your fault.
As far as they're concerned I could have sold it! So they say..
Ha ha ha, really? Is there a black market for rubbish bins? Have you checked ordering a replacement online? I've had a look on their website, but they need an address so couldn't go further, maybe check different options, I know Kingston exchanged mine for a bigger one foc. How much do they charge? I'll sell you one they refused to retrieve from my house, if you want ;)
(It is a joke by the way, before I start being accused of fuelling said black market ;) )
#23
Some councils give/ replace the recycling wheelie bins for free order one of them and spray it black
#24
Called barnet again! Seems as though I will have to purchase a new one!!! which sucks! :(((
#25
mattinhull
bin men probably dropped it to the bin wagon happens all the time
How? They're loaded onto a lift, not tipped in manually!
#26
The council I'm under let you pick up bins free or deliver them for £15 (Barnsley)

When I moved in to my last house we were a green, blue and brown bin short so just went to pick them up.
#27
Suddenly glad I live in Essex, if a bin goes missing we just fill in a form online and they replace for free. My last black bin ended up in the back of the dustcart, apparently it happens quite regularly. My mums rather cheeky next door neighbour has just had a second black bin delivered as we are about to move over to fortnightly collection and she thinks they will collect both from outside her house. Not so sure myself ;)
#28
Although unhelpful now, if and when you get another bin, do the following:

Use a stanley knife to scratch your name and door number on the bottom underneath part of the bin (outer edge) and then in another area use permanent marker to write the same info. Finally using paint, your door number as big as you can in the middle.

Could also spray paint the wheels a different colour (bright orange) since no one would be that insane!

If it ever goes missing again and suspect the neighbours, ask if you can take a look to confirm or wait until next week when theirs goes out.
#29
blobbythin
Called barnet again! Seems as though I will have to purchase a new one!!! which sucks! :(((

Ohhh good old barnet council ! - Always there to stiff the public it supposedly serves, instead of helping.

We are also barnet council and they replaced ours for free which went missing about a year ago (without much fuss) It was most likely the binmen crushed it, but know knows - No way i was paying anything when i didnt lose it!
#30
Barnet only charge in some cases. On the online form for ordering replacement there is choice of reasons for ordering - 1) I don't have a bin ... 2) lost or stolen 3) damaged 4) would like additional.

I guess if you choose options 2-4 you will be charged, but not for option 1 (they say they don't charge in all cases).

Do you have a bin? No. So option 1 is also applicable as well as option 2. You can only choose one. Which one you choose is up to you....

(Yes, rather than pay £55, take a different route)
#31
I didn't have to fill in any forms, just called and did it over the phone
#32
blobbythin
Called barnet again! Seems as though I will have to purchase a new one!!! which sucks! :(((

sorry to hear this. paint your address all over the new one with gloss paint so there is no mistake which address it belongs to. and let's just hope it doesnt happen again as these bins are not cheap. i looked at buying one to put my dog's kibble food in and it was around £60 to £70 for one from the shops.

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