Boycie from ’Only Fools and Horses’ praises Herefordshire bin men

The Herefordshire resident who starred as Boycie from the TV comedy classic ‘Only Fools and Horses’ has left warm messages on his bin for waste collectors who are working hard to ensure essential waste collection services continue during the COVID-19 crisis.

While the vast majority of people are isolated in their households, key workers across the UK are on the frontlines continuing to deliver for the nation. Along with countless professionals in the emergency services, health and social care and other vital sectors, the list of essential workers also includes waste management.

Waste and recycling crews such as drivers and collectors are still out on our streets, carrying out their crucial work to help support our communities, ensuring our quality of life standards remain as high as possible, and doing their part to protect our public health.

Collecting waste from Herefordshire residents is one such crew from FCC Environment, the UK’s leading waste and resource management company. On their round last week, the team was cheered to find the handwritten message saying “Sprayed & Displayed! Thank you very much” left on the bin by Herefordshire resident John Challis, the actor who played Boycie in the BBC comedy series ‘Only Fools and Horses’.

FCC Environment’s Mike Stass said: “FCC Environment has been receiving a number of heartfelt messages from communities across all corners of the UK thanking our teams and wishing them good health. We are delighted to have heard from a familiar face and we thank Mr Challis as well as the wider community in Herefordshire for motivating us to continue our vital duties. We are immensely proud of the FCC Environment team and the wider waste and resource management industry for doing our very best to continue our day-to-day responsibilities during these extremely challenging times.”

About 107,000 people in the waste and resource management industry have been identified by the Government as key workers, among them are about 70 people from FCC Environment working on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

Household recycling and waste collections are operating as normal in the Herefordshire area. Following Government advice, to protect workers and combat the spread of infection, we ask all residents to wash their hands before and after putting their bin out for collection and after moving it back onto their property following collection. Anyone who feels ill at home (whether diagnosed with COVID-19 or not) should store rubbish such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths securely within disposable rubbish bags, place these bags containing used into another bag, tie securely and keep separately from other waste for at least 72 hours before placing in your outside household rubbish bin (black bin).

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