You do have to ask: why issue bins with wheels and flapping lids on an island where everything that isn’t tied, nailed or weighed down will blow away within a few days? Surely you’re asking for trouble? Luckily the Orkney Islands Council thought of this when they issued wheelie bins to Westray residents. They issued bins with elasticated hooks to hold the lid closed and a post and nylon rope to tie your bin to. That wasn’t enough for one Islander who rigged up this fabulous man-Meccano contraption. It’s wonderful, but the wheelie bin’s not exactly going to wheel now is it?

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