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Waste paper

21 February 2011

Throwing out rubbish is like flushing the loo. Everything disappears never to be seen again – at least not until the fox pays a visit.

In these parts we do wheelie bins, but wheelie bins sometimes get full. The ubiquitous black bin bags then rest beside the bins in the hope that the dustmen (oh alright, the recycling executives) will bend the rules slightly and take them even though it is writ large that ‘thou shalt not cram into a wheelie bin so much rubbish that the lid thereof is impossible to close’.

During the night a fox had opened the bags and spread their contents over a large part of the garden. As I gathered up the resulting mess I counted: 23 tea bags (we had many visitors that day), seven plastic ready meals containers, two tins of tuna, one two-litre milk carton, half a loaf of mouldy bread, some chicken wings with foxish teeth marks, a mug with a crack in it, some cheese that was so far past its sell by date that it was moving around on its own acco...

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