Special treat for 4-year-old who wants to be bin man when he grows up

Special treat for 4-year-old who wants to be bin man when he grows up

William Horrocks behind the wheel of a bin depot vehicle

William Horrocks behind the wheel of a bin depot vehicle

William Horrocks behind the wheel of a bin depot vehicle

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MOST little boys dream about being super-heroes or famous football stars — but not four-year-old William Horrocks.

Little William is “obsessed” with bins and idolises the crew that collects his family’s rubbish.

So, as a surprise birthday treat, William’s aunt contacted the council and organised for the youngster to have a trip around the waste depot and a ride in one of their bin lorries.

William, his dad Peter and grandad Jack were shown around the site by the crew which collects their bins each week.

Chris Lewis, the youngster’s aunt, said: “He had an absolutely wonderful time.

“The crew were so kind to him. They gave him a high-visibility jacket and a pair of gloves. He slept in the jacket for the first three nights after his trip and only took the gloves off when he had a bath.

“It sounds funny, but he is obsessed with bins and the bin crews. It started about two years ago.

“Bin day is the highlight of the week. William knows exactly what day and what time the crew come.

“He makes us all stand outside and wave to them. We’ve been doing it so long now the lads recognise William and wave back.”

William, who starts at Chowbent Primary School in Atherton in September, was given a guided tour of Wigan Council’s recently opened depot in Ince.

He got to ride in the bin lorry and see where the waste the crews collection ends up.

Ms Lewis said: “I emailed the council and was delighted when they invited William for a tour.

“William knows exactly which different bin all the rubbish should go in. The first thing he asks when he comes to my house is can he put my rubbish out.”

The multi-million-pound depot is not usually open to the public, but council staff made an exception for young William.

Terry Dunn, Wigan’s director of environment, said: “William is a lovely little lad and our refuse team were delighted they could make his birthday special.

“It’s great that he is so keen on recycling and putting rubbish in the right bin. He’s an example to us all.

“William hasn’t even started school yet, but in 15 years or so, if he wants a job in our refuse teams, as long as I’m still here, I’d certainly employ him.”

Refuse collection loader Adam Flores added: “We have seen William when we’ve been out on our collection round and he always waves, so it was nice to see him in the depot and how happy he was with the visit.”

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1:52pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Farnworth Lady says...

Awww what a cute little boy.

Wonder if the Bin Crew showed him how to drop rubbish over drives, lawns and pavements, and make enough noise doing it, to waken the dead!!!

All part of the job description in Farnworth.

Nice story.
Awww what a cute little boy. Wonder if the Bin Crew showed him how to drop rubbish over drives, lawns and pavements, and make enough noise doing it, to waken the dead!!! All part of the job description in Farnworth. Nice story. Farnworth Lady
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3:28pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

It Was My Dream To Be A Bin Man, I Have Been Try To Get A Bin Job For Forty Years No Chance.
It Was My Dream To Be A Bin Man, I Have Been Try To Get A Bin Job For Forty Years No Chance. Gore Seer
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6:04pm Wed 16 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

I hear bin men are on a good number.........still they go on strike will be heaven for rats in Bolton
I hear bin men are on a good number.........still they go on strike will be heaven for rats in Bolton pradagucci
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8:50am Thu 17 Jul 14

cosmicma says...

this year a bin man next year a policeman the year after that a jet fighter pilot it's all part of growing up
i think he will change his mind before he reaches the age of employment

it was nice of wigan council to accommodate the young lad though
this year a bin man next year a policeman the year after that a jet fighter pilot it's all part of growing up i think he will change his mind before he reaches the age of employment it was nice of wigan council to accommodate the young lad though cosmicma
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12:27pm Thu 17 Jul 14

manchester1 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
It Was My Dream To Be A Bin Man, I Have Been Try To Get A Bin Job For Forty Years No Chance.
I think it's great to have ambitions and dreams.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: It Was My Dream To Be A Bin Man, I Have Been Try To Get A Bin Job For Forty Years No Chance.[/p][/quote]I think it's great to have ambitions and dreams. manchester1
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12:01pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Pedro17 says...

cosmicma wrote:
this year a bin man next year a policeman the year after that a jet fighter pilot it's all part of growing up
i think he will change his mind before he reaches the age of employment

it was nice of wigan council to accommodate the young lad though
As his father I can tell you he's been like this since he was 9 months old so maybe not
[quote][p][bold]cosmicma[/bold] wrote: this year a bin man next year a policeman the year after that a jet fighter pilot it's all part of growing up i think he will change his mind before he reaches the age of employment it was nice of wigan council to accommodate the young lad though[/p][/quote]As his father I can tell you he's been like this since he was 9 months old so maybe not Pedro17
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