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Counter culture: A wheelie useful thing

It's the ultimate Liverpool bin collection

Written by . Published on October 16th 2013.

Counter culture: A wheelie useful thing

THERE is a lot to love about Liverpool, but the Margo Leadbetters among us would agree that there is one very good reason to move to Wirral or Sefton. 

Yes, the purple wheelie bin. 

In the corporate colour of the City of Liverpool, it seems a long time ago that the good citizens awoke one morning to find a rash of sin bins had replaced tin bins. 

Leafy Menlove Avenue had been molested by magenta; Penny Lane punctuated by plum; Everton Valley was violated by violet, and other purple prose. 

Liverpool Wheelie BinWhat would you stick in yours?The purple wheelie kept local radio alive for at least a year after it was introduced to households. It galvanised feeling like no other refuse container before. 

As Rev John Davies once said in a sermon: “Help us to forgive those who, years ago now, decided without asking us, that our bins should be purple.”  (See sermon in full glory here)

The purple wheelie is in the news this week as collections go fortnightly, but here is a far more interesting collection from Scouse Press. And it ain't any rubbish.

Founded by the late lamented wit Fritz Spiegl and now run by his widow, the merry Ingrid, Scouse Press has produced this essential item for the man, woman, expat or Chinese investor who has everything. 

It's a desk tidy, it's a cutlery holder, a bath salts container, a nesting box, even a respectable receptacle near your bed for weekend things... 

Utility window becomes a dumping groundBold St becomes dumping groundSays Ingrid: “I first bought a plain green one, and then thought how all my visitors from outside Liverpool would say that they loved the city but "Why purple bins?

“And I think they are just so much an icon and eyesore. But also, they're more scouse than our beloved Superlamb – I love him too -­ then came the slogan and a star was born!"

She added: “It was also Fritz who inspired me to get them produced for if he had an idea, he'd follow it through so I took his example and had 4,000 made.” 

Ingrid took her prototype to Utility, to the Museum of Liverpool and to Tourist Info and says she got great feedback and orders. Accept no imitations off Amazon, these bear the legend “I've wheelie bin to Liverpool.” 

“If they hadn't sold, my friends would be sick of getting them for presents,” Ingrid told Liverpool Confidential. 

“We've thought of many ways of using them and this might be my Christmas card. A sophisticated cocktail glass was one idea, or a sorbet dish; can't you just see them lined up at a dinner party?” 

Liverpool Miniature Wheelie Bin, £4.99, from here 

Purple Wheelie BinsTweets by @twangeee

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SaladDazeOctober 16th 2013.

Hendrix was right.

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AnonymousOctober 16th 2013.

Did he move to Hoylake too?

AnonymousOctober 16th 2013.

No perple bins on Wirral - green, brown or grey

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