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Bin clips identified for windy days

Date: 07 March 2023

Photo of the two bin clips approved for use by the Council, with text @Keep a lid on it - using bin clips'

The Council would like to thank folk for taking on board the revised guidance for putting their bins out on windy days – it has meant many more bins being emptied than previously.

If residents have found a solution that is working well for them and their waste and recycling is being collected, then there’s no need to do anything else. Folk can continue to put small stones on bin lids during bad weather if that’s required and bungee cords and ropes can still be used when storing bins prior to collection as long as they are removed on bin day.

Residents still looking for a solution have been very patient while bin lid strap options have been reviewed by the waste team.

Multiple straps were looked at and feedback sought from residents, waste crews and other local authorities in Scotland – there was no common solution to the issue.

However, two suitable bin straps have now been identified – they are quick and safe to unhook and have been tested by the collection crews on the bin lorries to make sure they don’t get tangled in the lifting mechanisms.

They are:

  • Schafer bin clips will be available to purchase from Customer Services at School Place in Kirkwall and the Warehouse Building in Stromness for £5.50 each.
  • Wheelie Bin Closer produced by Caithness Beach Cleans. These are made using creel hooks washed up on the beach and differ from a traditional bungee cord in that the cords are fixed to the bin handles. These work well on grey general waste bins or large recycling bins but can be a little loose for the standard recycling bins. Caithness hooks are available online at £5.50 and help fund Caithness Beach Cleans.

One clip per bin is required.

Hayley Green is the Council’s corporate Director of Neighbourhood Services and Infrastructure. She said: “We listened to what residents said and in finding a compromise through the revised guidance many more bins were able to be collected – and if you are in that position then there’s no need to do anything further.

“However, if you still need to find a solution to securing your bin lid in windy weather then one of the two tried and tested options are there for folk to purchase. If folk opt to go with other lid restraints, then our crews will continue to assess if they are suitable and safe for use but it may mean your bin can’t be emptied.

“I would like to thank folk for their ongoing patience with this as we know it has been frustrating for many but hopefully, we have found a workable solution for all.”

Got more questions about the bin clips? Check out our FAQs page.

  • Summary:

    The Council would like to thank residents still looking for a solution to keeping a lid on their bins on windy days for their patience while bin lid strap options have been reviewed by the waste team. Here's two solutions approved by the team:

  • Category:
    Waste and Recycling
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