Mum was forced to padlock her bin thanks to ‘annoying’ neighbours

A single mum is “upset” with her neighbors because they keep throwing their rubbish in their bin – so now she’s considering padlocking the bin

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The mother had no space in her bin for her own rubbish (stock photo)

Depending on how often your local garbage men come by to empty your bins and how much garbage you accumulate each week, you may have found that your bin can get exceptionally full at times.

And if this has happened to you before, imagine how much worse the problem would be if your neighbors decided to use your bin for their overflowing trash, leaving you with even less space for your own bags.

That’s exactly what happened to a single mum on Mumsnet who found herself having to ram her recycling material into her bin to try to fit it after one of her neighbors used her bin for extra storage.

in the her postShe said: “So I’ve recently moved and my neighbors seem fine overall.

She is now considering locking her bin (stock image)


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“I am a single parent with one child and our community collects the recycling bin one week and the residual waste the following week. Sometimes I only get my recycling out monthly because I don’t always fill the bin to 100% for both collections.

“Anyway, the week before last I didn’t put my recycling out because I was working 4 shifts in a row and I knew it wasn’t full. Two days later I went outside to throw my recycling in the bin and it was almost full with minimal space for my stuff.”

The mum said she was “upset” by her neighbors’ cheeky actions and was even considering fitting her bin with a lock to ensure no one can access it before collection day.

She also said it wouldn’t normally bother her, but she’s heard of people being fined for throwing non-recyclable materials in their bin and doesn’t want to be blamed for anything their neighbors in smuggled in their rubbish bin.

She added: “What actually? I’m really upset. My last house was a semi house and my trash cans were kept in the back of the driveway near the back door. I’m not used to it.

“I’m tempted to padlock my bins and remove the padlock when I’m putting the bins out on bin day. I’m just being very cautious as I’ve heard of people being fined if they put the wrong stuff in.”

Commenters on the Mumsnet post were firmly on the mother’s side, with many encouraging her to padlock her bin or invest in one gravity lockwhich keeps the bins locked when upright, but automatically opens the lid if the refuse truck turns them upside down for collection.

One person said: “Lock them down or they’ll never get the message and keep doing what they want.”

While another added: “I would padlock it, yes.

And a third said: “One more for a padlock. Mine are padlocked after finding full dog poop bags and a pizza box of pizza in my bin.”

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