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Kids feeling bored in lockdown are getting high by sniffing the fumes from burning wheelie bins, experts have warned.
The craze sees youngsters setting fire to the plastic bins for a cheap high which apparently has the same effect as recreational drugs.
It's claimed different coloured bins such as red, green blue and black will give different highs.
The bizarre trend was first observed several years ago – but is currently having a resurgence because kids are bored in lockdown.
The spike in bin burning is being reported by waste removal specialists Divert.co.uk, who are warning the activity is "incredibly dangerous" and potentially deadly.
Spokesman Mark Hall said: "The rumour has been doing the rounds for over a decade now, and every couple of years we hear of a resurgence in bin thefts and fires related to people chasing the idea of cheap highs.
"It's incredibly dangerous and you could end up dead. Like actual dead-dead."
In 2007 there were reports of bins being burned so people could inhale the fumes – responsible for more than fifty bin fires in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
The craze, which again saw a major resurgence in 2017, seems to be on the up due to lockdown boredom during the coronavirus pandemic, with many recreational facilities closed and individuals looking for new ways to get their kicks.
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While not every burnt bin is drug-related, police reports indicate that some perpetrators are doing it solely to get high.
Wheelie bins are made from high density polyethylene, which releases carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the air when set alight.
These dangerous gases can starve the brain of oxygen, creating an intense headache that people misinterpret as a 'high'.
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The new 2021 rumour claims different colour bins giving different highs – particularly brown bins.
Mark Hall added: "It's believed that different dyes used to make coloured bins give off different fumes."
"Ultimately, all wheelie bins are made of the same plastic and will all give off the same hazardous gases, so saying specific colours will make you more intoxicated is just a new twist on an already dangerous trend."
While no one has been reported dead from huffing bins, Divert.co.uk are concerned that it's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.
Mark said: "There's a whole list of things that could go wrong, ranging from serious injury or dying from the fumes – to starting a major fire which could put others at risk.
"You don't know what someone might have put in the bin, one rogue aerosol could cause an explosion and kill you."
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