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How to Hide Wheelie Bins

Wheelie bins can detract from the appearance of the exterior of a house. Unfortunately, they are a necessary evil if you do not want garbage bags strewn across your property until your refuse collectors arrive. However, with a little strategic thinking and some elbow grease, you can hide your wheelie bins from sight.

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  1. Look around your yard or the exterior of your house for a secluded spot that is rarely used. Even if the area is not easily accessible for your dustmen, it should be as hidden from sight as possible. Moving your wheelie bins to the front of your property on trash collection day is a small price to pay for having them shielded from view.

  2. Move your bins to your secluded spot and measure the area of them that is visible. Also, make a note of the colour of the wall or foliage where you have positioned them.

  3. Visit a local garden store and buy a selection of shrubs that will cover the visible sections of your wheelie bins when planted around them. In addition, go to a paint store and buy some paint that matches the surroundings of your bins. If your bins already match their surroundings, you can forgo buying paint and leave the bins as they are.

  4. Paint your wheelie bins and plant the shrubs around them. Make sure the shrubs are flush with each other, so as to cover up the bins. In addition, make sure you leave a gap in the shrubs large enough to allow you to access the bins when they need to be moved on garbage collection day.

  5. Tip

    If you cannot plant shrubs around your wheelie bins, buy some fencing panels to erect around them.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Paint brush
  • Spade
  • Shrubs

About the Author

Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.

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