Before wheelie bins were trundled and rumbled out onto the streets men in flat caps and braces strained backs, jarred knees and pulled shoulders in order to remove the burden of household rubbish from our homes.
“The dustbin men are here” was a familiar cry from many a household as bins made from corrugated battered steel were clanked out of driveways and hoisted into awaiting lorries.
Recycling as we know it today was in its very early infancy and our daily refuse was largely devoid of the excessive supermarket packaging associated with modern grocery shopping.
Forming a largely invisible underpinning of day to day life at the time, the old era of the rag and bone and dustbin men was a grime encrusted endeavour of soot, toil and honest hard work.
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