How to become a Wheelie Bin Cleaner

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: January 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

A wheelie bin cleaner disinfects and deodorises waste and recycling bins on a regular or one-off basis for residential and commercial customers such as pubs, hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and residential care homes. Some cleaners wash bins manually using a pressure washer, but most use specially designed vehicle-mounted systems.

Wheelie bin cleaners in Scotland require a licence to trade but this is not the case in the rest of the UK. Wheelie bin cleaners typically wash bins on an established 'round', although some take bins away to be cleaned and return them to the property on the same day.

Wheelie bin cleaners must comply with waste water disposal regulations and strict pollution prevention guidelines. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Controlled Waste (Duty of Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002, wheelie bin cleaners have a duty of care to ensure that any waste water or trade effluent they produce is properly and safely disposed of. In addition, the Water Resources Act 1991 makes it an offence to pollute controlled waters in England and Wales, for example by discharging trade effluent into rivers or canals. Equivalent legislation applies in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a wheelie bin cleaning service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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