Riots, bins, and brisk business
It's been a week since the riots kicked in across our nation's capital, and living in Croydon my home town bore the brunt of it. And where there is public anger, there is the poor old wheelie bin. Or any type of bin, lets face it.
Kicked around, set on fire, used as makeshift weapons – the guts of many were spilled out onto the streets. Litter helps fuel mayhem; it acts as a fitting backdrop. No doubt quite a few home-owners woke up the next morning wondering where their bins had gone.
Well if the plastic hadn't melted down to a state beyond functionality, they were probably broken and in need of repair. And what happens to a beaten-up wheelie bin? Does it get mended? Replaced? By the council? Free of charge? And where does one put their rubbish in the meantime?
Out of disaster, some do profit. Not intentionally, I hasten to add. Many shops in Croydon had chosen to get their window fronts boarded up as a precautionary measure against further outbreaks of looting and disorder – that's a lot of plywood being nailed down for a few tradesmen.
Likewise, we can't really do without our waste management containers. Something tells me that suppliers of wheelie bins must be rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of an unexpected surge in business.
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