Talking RubbishOctober 2, 2011
I heard this week that Westminster council are planning to put out 25 bins that speak with encouraging words when you put litter in it. It’s a campaign in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy and Sing London, which will run for two months, starting October. But these are not any old talking bins, dear reader. Oh ho, no. Like sat navs before it, these bins will be voiced by British celebrities such as actress Amanda Holden and ex-cricketer Phil Tufnell. There will be some singing bins featuring opera and Abba(?), but it’s the celebrity voice that we’re all supposed to be excited about.
Apparently, so impressed and star struck we’d all be on hearing these voices, that we’d meekly trot over to the nearest bin and fill it with bones from the chicken shop, rather than drop them where we stand and encourage the growth of hardcore London foxes, walking side by side with the rakish London rat.
I’m left scratching my head at this one, ladies and gentlemen. Have we really become so infantilised in Blighty that we’re only capable of doing the right thing if it has celebrity backing? That certainly appears to be the thinking behind this project as far as I can see.
I used to hear voices telling me to put my rubbish in the bin, or take it with me if I couldn’t find one. And the voices thanked me for doing it.
They were my parents.