The good old Daily Mail eh? There’s a great story in there today about the dastardly wheelie bin and the troubles it is causing for householders across the land. Maybe if some of their readers came over here and learned how to create less waste, there wouldn’t be a problem any more 😉
One of the polls on their site asks “Should the wheelie bin be scrapped”; when I cast my vote 56% voters said no, while 44% said yes.
Here’s the scoop:
“When I was a boy, we lived in a bungalow in Essex, on a neat suburban street leading down to the railway station.
Every week the dustmen would empty our two metal bins – one for household waste, the other for the ashes from our Creda boiler.
They’d walk round the back of the house, hoist the bins on to their shoulders and, having emptied them on to their cart, would bring them back to where they belonged, behind the coal bunker.
Another man went in their wake with a broom, sweeping up anything that had fallen out and scooping it up on a giant shovel.
I can still see them now in my mind’s eye, wearing donkey jackets with heavy duty leather patches across their shoulders.
Strong men, doing men’s work. The kind of English yeomen you’d always want alongside you in a fight.
When it came to doling out Christmas boxes, the dustmen were first in line for a mince pie and a half-crown.
They were admired, stock characters in popular culture. Think Stanley Holloway’s roguish Alfred Doolittle and Lonnie Donegan’s Number One My Old Man’s A Dustman.
So how on earth did we get from there to a situation where, in Britain last year, there were a record 228 assaults on dustmen?
In Hertfordshire, an angry resident attacked a dustcart with a broom – reminiscent, as I wrote at the time, of Basil Fawlty’s manic thrashing of a dead Austin 1100.
Down in Southampton, armed police were called out after a greengrocer held a dustman hostage at gunpoint.
Only last week, we learned about a school teacher from Coventry whose punishment for making a mild complaint about her dustmen was to be barricaded in her home by 15 wheelie bins dragged from all over the neighbourhood and strategically positioned across her driveway.
What could possibly be behind this disturbing breakdown of relations between the general public and this fine body of men providing one of the most basic and valuable public services?
Here’s a clue. ‘It is not the job of our waste teams to collect wheeled bins from driveways.’ …”
Read the rest of the story by Richard LittleJohn at the Daily Mail and please do let us know what you think!
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