Had a similar situation whilst at uni in Sheffield, except with the cans and plastics recycling bin. The bin lid was left slightly ajar due to excess drinking and, to our disbelief, remained full to the brim the following morning.
At first we thought there must have been a mistake, a muddling of the date, only to see recycling bins lining the street (empty ones at that, we checked). It was only when a couple of fellow students walked by and recognised our dismay that we learnt our first lesson in bin etiquette.
The lid has remained fully closed upon the putting out ever since.