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Singing bins introduced into Liverpool

'It's bin a hard days night' etc

Written by . Published on September 26th 2011.

Singing bins introduced into Liverpool

NEXT time you drop your Maccy-Dees carton into a bin, don’t be utterly shocked if the voice of Mike McCartney starts serenading you from within.

Mike McCartneyMike McCartneyYou haven’t been affected by the heady waft of skunk drifting by. Nor is it possessed by the Devil. No, the former Scaffold member is saying Thank U Very Much for giving him his rubbish. Sort of.

Singing bins are being introduced in Liverpool to thank people in the aforementioned manner for binning their waste.

The bins will sing a refrain of the classic hit from many moons ago as part of a campaign by Keep Britain Tidy: “Thank you very much for binning your litter”.

What next? The Beatles doing Tip-it To Ride? And how about that famous refrain from Echo and the Bunnymen’s The Cutter: “Say we can, say we will, not just another drop in the gutter" for the rhyme that never was.


Around 25 singing bins will be introduced here and in London, using a sound card to play a themed message when litter is placed inside. It’s part of the campaign which hopes to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, with humour. They’ve been doing it in Sweden. It worked where fines and cautions didn’t.

So elsewhere, Michael Palin will be heard saying “Nobody expects the Spanish bin-quisition.”

Amanda HoldenAmanda HoldenMeanwhile, if you can’t think what to do with the remainder of your Steak Bake, pop it into Amanda Holden. The Britain’s Got Talent judge is expected to record a message saying “This is Amanda. This city’s got talent.”

Liverpool's two Business Improvement Districts (BID) - City Central and the Commercial District - are the first private sector-led organisations in the country selected to work with Keep Britain Tidy as an ambassador partner on the national Love Where You Live campaign.

The campaign aims to inspire, encourage and enable people to make where they live, work and play "the kind of place we really want it to be".

On Tuesday, Sir Paul’s Brother Michael will record the song at his former school the Liverpool Institute, now the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts. It’ll undoubtedly be gear.

Where it all beganWhere it all beganThe singing bin will be in Mathew Street in October next to the Wall of Fame where Mr McCartney has a number one record disc with another Scaffold hit, Lily The Pink.

Keep Britain Tidy Ambassador Kirstie Allsopp said: "I wish Liverpool's BID companies the best of luck with their Love Where You Live programme and encourage all local people to get behind the campaign."

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