Hampshire Test Valley council wheelie bin found in Ukraine

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It is unclear how the Test Valley Borough Council bin ended up on the Polish border

A Hampshire wheelie bin has been found more than 1,200 miles away in Ukraine.

The bin was spotted by journalist Phillip Crowther on the Polish border, but it is unclear how the Test Valley Borough Council receptacle got there.

Mr Crowther tweeted a video of the well-travelled bin while working in the war-torn country.

The APN News journalist said: "Hey Test Valley Borough Council, how did one of your wheelie bins make it all the way to Ukraine, and when is pick-up?"

A spokesperson for the council replied: "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."

The council's waste and recycling portfolio holder Nick Adams-King 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.

"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."

Test Valley bins are normally found in Andover, Romsey and Stockbridge.

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