We’d like to kick 2018 off by rectifying a commonly held misconception. Despite what the fake news media may have told you, 2018 is not the Year of the Dog. In truth, this year’s cosmic cycle owes itself to the most underappreciated of the Ancient Zodiac Animals.
2018 is the Year of the Wheelie Bin.
Excluded from the roster of the Chinese Zodiac due to apparent “lack of sentience” and “not being a real animal”, the humble waste container has bided it’s time as all the other greedy celestial animals have basked in the limelight. And now finally, after years of watching from the primordial side-lines, it is time.
We couldn’t be happier.
It appears however that our joy isn’t something that’s shared by certain councils across the UK. If the news stories are to be believed, adverse weather conditions have caused a drop in collection rates on both recycling and general domestic waste. As Storm Eleanor brought hurricane-force winds to parts of the UK last week, bins were left by the wayside in Walsall this Winter. According to a post on “Walsall Bins and Things” Facebook page (a name worthy of commendation) “services have been affected due to damage at the waste facility”.
Similar claims have been made throughout the country in the past few weeks, from Aberdeen pensioners to irate Nottingham-dwellers overrun with their own recycling. People are literally suffocating on their own good intentions, and in the Year of the Bin no less. We’ll keep an eye on the situation.
A Happy New Year to you all binthusiasts.