Mystery surrounds how a wheelie bin from Hampshire has somehow ended up in war-tornUkraine – 1,200 miles away.
The strange discovery was found by AP News journalist Philip Crowther, who is on the ground in the area.
He posted a video of the grey bin, with the writing Test Valley Borough Council on it, under a Ukraine sign on the Polish border, Wales Online reports.
He tweeted: “Hey @TestValleyBC, how did one of your wheelie bins make it all the way to Ukraine, and when is pick-up?”
And a very confused spokesman for the council replied: “Hi Philip, umm, hmm.
“I’ve checked the notebook, but we don’t seem to have a stock answer for this query…
“Can I ask where in Ukraine this is?
“I’d just like to make sure this collection address is added to our fortnightly rounds and not reported as missed.”
Joining in the mystery was waste and recycling portfolio holder at Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Nick Adams-King.
He said: “It’s good to see our bins are well travelled and to hear that it’s still of use for the border guard station between Ukraine and Poland.
“Residents have been able to buy our bins for a number of years now, and therefore in theory they can end up anywhere, even eastern Europe.
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“While we’re not sure exactly how this one made its way there, it’s always interesting to see where they end up – even if collection does prove to be a bit of a challenge.
“I’m afraid I can’t promise we will be able to deliver a new blue bin and food caddy to accompany it when we roll the new recycling system out.”
Social media users labelled the finding as “bizarre”, while some took the opportunity to complain to their own local council about bins going missing.
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