I have a lot of new work.
The bins that the people from AMA (that’s the Council) gave the Girl last July are being used, at last! They gave her four big new bins on wheels, for different kinds of rubbish, and they said they would take away the big bins on the street that everyone used up to then.
But they didn’t take them away for a long time. So the new private, replacement bins just sat in our garden, in the corner inside the gate, unused, smelling of new plastic. No one went near them, except for a few ants. They weren’t very interesting, after the first day. And also maybe the day the Girl painted the number of our house on them.
But last week AMA took away the big rubbish bins in the street, and now our rubbish goes into our own private bins! That’s much more interesting! Every time someone comes out of the house to put rubbish in a bin, I run over to see that they’re doing it properly. There’s one bin for food rubbish, one for paper, one for plastic, and one for broken cups. After they’ve put the rubbish in the bin, I have a good sniff to make sure they’ve done it right.
Every day the Girl has to put different bins out on the street for the truck to come and empty them. It’s very complicated, but she’s getting the hang of it. Food is Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Paper is Wednesday and Saturday nights. Plastic is Tuesday and Friday nights. Broken cups is Monday and Thursday nights. The Girl has to put them out on the street at the right time.
Of course I go with her to protect her, in case she would be kidnapped out in the street on her own in the dark. If I notice anyone in the street that might be a kidnapper, I bark at them and they don’t dare try anything.
The Girl has to bring the bins in too, of course, and I help her again then. The ones that go out at night are brought in the next morning, so they have a lot of new smells on them that I have to investigate. Last Friday the bin men didn’t empty our food bin, so that had to come back in full, and wait until Monday
It’s pretty responsible work, minding the Four New Bins, but I’m happy to be of service.