Wheelie bin fires

Arson prevention advice for owners of wheelie bins.

Nuisance wheelie bin fires are a problem in some neighbourhoods, typically causing damage of up to £1,650 including damage to buildings, cleaning up and the cost of replacement.

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To keep your wheelie bin safe, don’t:

  • put out your bin until it is due for collection
  • overfill the bin or leave loose waste around it
  • store in close proximity to a building
  • allow bins or waste to block escape routes
  • store waste by windows or doors

If you have any information about a suspicious fire, call Crimestoppers or Devon and Cornwall Police on 101.


Visit the Crimestoppers website