Green Roof

Bin Stores

Refuse and recycling binstores for wheeliebins and eurobins

With external wildlife habitat panels, Greem Roofed Bin Shelters create tidy collection points for refuse or recycled materials, and new opportunities for enhanced bio-diversity.

Shelters are free standing and accommodate either wheelie bins or 1100 litre Eurobins. Shelters are safe and simple to maintain.

Our shelter roofs are planted with locally appropriate species to enhance biodiversity, while roof and wall-mounted wildlife habitat gives space for invertebrate refuge, forage and overwintering. (Our green roofs are not a shallow substrate topped with sedum. Although these are classed as a ‘green roof’, they offer very limited biodiversity value.)

The soil type and plant species on our roofs are determined by the locality, often in discussion with local Wildlife Trusts.

Typically we use a mix of native wild flowers and a few non-native plants to produce a mosaic of flora with an extended nectar season.

We are well known for our habitat panels, and these are often included to add further wildlife value and biodiversity awareness. Infill materials for these panels, (man-made & natural) can be for nesting materials, invertebrate refuge, forage & overwintering. When suitable, there is scope for including bird nesting boxes.

BINDOCK - A Domestic Green Roof Binstore

At last, a satisfying place to store your wheeliebins (and other bins and recycling). Combines tidy bin storage with the potential for a flourishing, wildlife friendly, growing space, that attracts butterflies, bees and other wildlife. Takes an hour (or less) to assemble. This is a robust, structural product and accommodates the different wheeliebin sizes in use.

British designed. (EU Registered Design). Manufactured in the UK.

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Commissioned by the London Borough of Southwark, these green-roofed bin stores immediately improved the space at the front of this housing estate, by making a well-designed, and defined, point for collecting refuse.

Each store contains one 1100 litre wheeled eurobin.

Clad in tiles made from re-used, sliced, Victorian clay bricks, the stores have deep recessed growing roof trays (150mm / 6”) giving the chance for numerous native wildflowers to colonise and sustain themselves. (We initially planted native wildflower annuals–corn cockle, corn chamomile, thorow-wax, field poppies, night-flowering catchfly–and perrenial stonecrops as background vegetation in extreme dry spells).

The interior is made in materials suitable for hosing down to keep the whole store clean.

The bin stores are delivered and lowered into position straight from the lorry, with no lengthy site work necessary.

Green Roofed Bin Shelter

17 green roofed freestanding binstores for a housing estate in Newport, South Wales. Each shelter holds six 240 litre residents' wheeliebins, creating tidy collection points for refuse or recycled materials, while adding the appeal of a biodiverse green roof and attractive invertebrate habitat.

Detail of Green Roofed Wheeliebin Store

Wetland roofs, with bog plants, were installed on 8 roofs (Newport Wetlands Reserve is nearby). Each flank wall is composed of wildlife habitat panels, utilising recycled materials - crushed clay brick, logs from thinning - drilled with 4 nesting holes sizes for a broad variety of solitary bees (leafcutters, mason, carder, masked), and bird-nesting boxes.

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Planting bin shelter roofs. Local Biodiversity Action Plan Species can be encouraged or planted for. Nesting opportunities for birds and varied solitary bee species (with nectar rich foodplants on the roof).

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Safe and simple to maintain, and unlike a brick or concrete binstore, easily relocatable should the need arise.

Fire Restraining Green Roof binstore for Wheeliebin.


Bin and refuse fires

Green Roof Shelters Binstores have been specifically installed to deal with binfires close to residential buildings.

Providing a tidy place for residents' wheeliebins away from residential entrances, the fire risk associated with refuse fires, whether through anti-social behaviour or accident, is diminished. And simultaneously, valuable space for pollinators, invertebrates and other wildlife is added.

In the instance of an actual wheeliebin fire, our Green Roof Shelters retained full structural integrity and the growing roof continued growing largely unscathed. Small cosmetic damage occurred - some charred (but still functioning) wildlife habitat; damaged paint finish to non- structural internal fittings. And most importantly, the risk to resident's homes averted.

Middle image: Cheshire Fire Service. The Fire Service raises concern at a 12% increase in rubbish and wheelie bin fires (2015)

Righthand image: A Green Roof Shelter after a wheeliebin fire.

Green Roofed Bindock

Green Roofed Bin Store

The slicing of these old clay bricks exposes the simple beauty and materiality of a commonplace building material.

Green Roofed bin store