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Associated Press reporter Philip Crowther made the bizarre discovery while reporting on the war-torn country. He posted a video of the bin, which has the words Test Valley Borough Council on it, under a sign on the Ukraine-Poland border.

He tweeted the local authority: “Hey @TestValleyBC, how did one of your wheelie bins make it all the way to Ukraine, and when is it being picked up?”

A puzzled council spokesperson replied: “Hi Philip, um, hmm. I’ve checked the notebook, but we don’t seem to have a standard answer to this question…

“May I ask where this is in Ukraine? I would just like to make sure this collection address is added to our fortnightly rounds and not flagged as missed.”

Local councilor Nick Adams-King, waste and recycling portfolio holder at Test Valley Borough Council, pondered the mystery, offering some clues as to what could have happened.

He said: “Good to see that our bins are well traveled and to hear that they are still in use for the border guard post between Ukraine and Poland.

“Locals have been able to buy our bins for several years now and so in theory they can end up anywhere, even in Eastern Europe.

“While we don’t know exactly how this one got there, it’s still interesting to see where they end up – even if the collection proves a little difficult.”

He continued: ‘I’m afraid I can’t promise that we’ll be able to deliver a new blue bin and food basket to go with it when we roll out the new recycling system.’


Mr Crowther has made five trips to Ukraine and spotted the bin after leaving the city of Lviv in western Ukraine.

The Hampshire Chronicle reports that the bin was on the side of a road in Hlynystsi, just before the crossing to Poland.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-19 21:33:33

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