When I start my car, a vehicle running on 4 pneumatic rubber tyred wheels on a Friday morning my progress along my road could be through an army training camp. Arranged in a fairly straight line like soldiers standing to attention and ready for action are the recycling bins green in colour. Each of these have 2 solid rubber wheels fitted on stub axles at the rear; pushing end of the bin. These 200mm rubber tyred wheels are fitted so that the bin is moved manually by lifting the load out to the wheels and pushing. The following week will see black bins carrying rubbish to land sites which similarly have 2 rubber tyred wheels fitted to stub axles. These bins are made for much of the country at a factory which itself employs and uses wheels and castors to transport loads of these plastic centred wheels around the factory and eventually to transport. The very large transport wagon usually run on 12 wheeled rubber inflatable tyred wheels and travel nationwide. When the bins are collected they are tipped by a mechanical device on a waste vehicle to deposit the load in the forward body of this vehicle.

When full the vehicles are returned to the depot and emptied by staff. In the yard occasionally helping to process are trolleys on 4 wheels and castors, usually 2 fixed castors and 2 swivel castors which are manually pushed around or more usually pulled by a fork lift truck itself having 4 large solid rubber wheeled tyres to convey it. Eventually arriving home at night one sees the previously precision and soldier like bins scattered in all directions as though they have been to war - and lost.

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