Christmas comes early with a visit from the recycling elves

Billy is one of the hundreds of district kids who love waving out of the window at Cherwell District Council’s bin men.

Published: Tuesday, 18th December 2018

Today’s visit was extra special for him as the bin men took time out of their busy schedule to give him an early Christmas present in the form of a toy bin lorry, bought by his parents.

James Burge, Cherwell District Council Waste Collection Supervisor said: ‘Our bin crews work really hard all year round and it always lightens the load when we get a chance to say hello to local kids. When Billy’s dad got in touch to ask us if we’d be happy to give him his present we were really keen to get involved in this Christmas surprise.’

Billy’s mum said: ‘He absolutely loves the waste and recycling lorry and gets very excited every week watching out for it to come around the corner. He always waves to the bin men, and it was priceless to see the look on his face when the crew presented him with the toy lorry, thank you so much.’

Billy’s been a really brave boy recently as he underwent heart surgery last year. He’s recently been photographed to be the poster boy for Tiny Tickers a charity set up to improve the early detection and care of babies with serious heart conditions. For more information visit:

Households in Cherwell are reminded that collection days will change over the Christmas period and those due to have a bin collection on Christmas Day are being warned to put their bins out three days earlier this year. For more information visit: or call 01295 227003.