Are Wheelie Bins Appropriate Shipping Boxes for a Family Move to France?

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One of Britain's foremost overseas removals companies, Burke Bros Moving Group, based in Wolverhampton UK, http://www.burkebros.co.uk were recently approached by a family moving to France, to see if Burke Bros would be willing to move all of their personal possessions and workshop tools, not in the regular cardboard boxes and removal cartons, but in 46 green wheelie bins.

One of Britain's foremost overseas removals companies, Burke Bros Moving Group, based in Wolverhampton UK, http://www.burkebros.co.uk were recently approached by a family moving to France, to see if Burke Bros would be willing to move all of their personal possessions and workshop tools, not in the regular cardboard boxes and removal cartons, but in 46 green wheelie bins.

Steve Hill, who was planning a move with his family from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire UK to their new home in Touffailles, Tarn De Garone, near Toulouse in South West France, wanted to know if Burke Bros would be willing and able to use wheelie bins as a packing device.

Dave Colley, Head of Burke Bros Operations said: "It was a very unusual request as we've never used wheelie bins as a packing material before, however, after a great deal of consideration we decided to accept the challenge."

Steve Hill said: "I believed my idea would allow me to save a great deal of time when it came to loading up the removals truck on moving day, and I wanted to know if Burke Bros would be willing to take it on." He continued saying: "Wheelie bins are the perfect way to store and move things. They're the ultimate storage device. They're strong, tough, and sturdy, they're water-proof, dust-proof, frost-proof, vermin-proof, heat and chemical resistant, highly manoeuvrable, and can be stored outside. They're also relatively cheap to buy at around £20 each".

Steve, who in February 1981 started his own UK based business http://www.stevehill.co.uk, decided to specialise in the repair and restoration of Citroen 2CV's, after leaving NatWest Bank in the City of London. He found his passion for the French based vehicle was to lead him to actually move to France.

Dave Colley said: "On the day of the move, along with the furniture, the crew found it relatively easy to load up our removals van, which we did in about two hours, so Steve's off-the-wall idea certainly worked." Dave continued: "Although it was a novel way to pack personal possessions, they're not the kind of packing material we would generally recommend and we don't foresee it becoming a more regular method for the typical family moving abroad."

Steve's initial plan was to sell the wheelie bins locally in France, once he'd removed all the contents but he went on to say, "I've now found they're making ideal water butts in the acre or so of land I have that surrounds my new French home and workshop, so I intend to keep them."

As the trend for Brits moving to France continues to grow, Burke Bros are committed to offering continued support with their comprehensive range of removals and packing services. If you are considering starting a new life aboard and would like to find out more about moving household possessions overseas, and our packing services, please visit the Burke Bros website at http://www.burkebros.co.uk or if you have any immediate questions or requirements, please contact Chris Starkey on +44 (0)1902 714555.

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