The Ten Commandments

I am Belfast City Council’s Health and Environmental Services Department.

  1. Thou shalt have no other wheeled bin.
  2. Thou shalt not use substitute receptacles. Except thy recycling bin(s), and they shall be used for the appropriate materials only.
  3. Thou shalt not abuse thy bin.
  4. Thou shalt observe bin day, and not leave thy bin in the entry all week, where it will attract flies, rats, dogs, etc.
  5. Thou shalt remember the days of metal bins with lids and be grateful for wheels, especially if thou art a Bin Man.
  6. Thou shalt not destroy thy bin by putting hot ashes from the fire in it.
  7. Thou shalt not use a neighbour’s bin to surreptitiously dispose of thy excess rubbish.
  8. Thou shalt not steal a neighbour’s bin, even if thine has been nicked by some other chancer.
  9.  Thou shalt not paint thine own house number on a bin and pretend it hast always been thine.
  10.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s bin, even though it may have wondrous adhesive floral decorations on it.
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5 Responses to The Ten Commandments

  1. Brilliant. Makes me wonder about the mysterious ‘Rule Book’ of the bachelor farmer brothers who own Tara Caravan Site, Portaferry.

  2. I feel positively homesick reading this.

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