A Kaipara Flats family has come with a solution for residents facing a long, rough ride to get their new wheelie recycling bin to the curb.
The contraption allows people to tow the wheelie bin behind a car, but doesn’t require a tow-bar and won’t break the bank.
The invention consists of a small piece of aluminum attached to a length of rope.
The ingenuity is in the angle of the metal, which uses the weight of the bin to keep the lid closed, while a simple knot in the rope means it can be jammed shut in the boot of a car and towed along by most vehicles.
The gadget was invented by the Wolfenden family and took about two months to develop.
“We have a one kilometre driveway, so when we got our new wheelie bin we put our thinking caps on and started brainstorming,” Cathy Wolfenden says.
“It took a while to get the angles right, to ensure the weight of the bin is heading down and won’t slide into the back of the car or tip over. The final solution is so simple. The heavier the bin, the more force there is holding the lid shut.”
The invention is being sold via Cathy’s company, Eagles Rest, which sells products using up-cycled materials. The family sells the gadget, called the ‘Bin Towa’, at the Matakana Market and via their website eaglesrest.co.nz.