Wheelie bin mystery leaves people stumped after turning up in Ukraine

·News Reporter
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The discovery of a wheelie bin in war-torn Ukraine has left people dumbfounded, because it belongs to a council in Hampshire, England.

But no one knows how the bin managed to appear 2,000 kilometres away on the Polish border, not even the council to which it belongs.

Journalist Phillip Crowthers spotted the wheelie bin on Friday as he was leaving Lviv, where he had been working for the past two weeks covering the war, the Hampshire Chronicle reported.

Test Valley Borough Council wheelie bin under Ukraine sign
Journalist Philip Crowther spotted the wheelie bin on the Ukraine-Poland border, 2000 kilometres from its home in Hampshire. England. Source: Twitter/Philip Crowther

"How did one of your wheelie bins make it all the way to Ukraine, and when is pick-up?" the AP journalist asked the Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) on Twitter.

But the TVBC, couldn't provide the answer Mr Crowthers was seeking, in fact, they wondered the same thing.

"Umm, hmm. I've checked the notebook, but we don't seem to have a stock answer for this query," they replied to the Tweet.

"Can I ask where in Ukraine this is? I'd just to make sure this collection address is added to our fortnightly rounds and not reported as missed."

The council later reshared Mr Crowthers' Tweet and said: "That time where one of our wheelie bins ended up in Ukraine."

"No, we don't know either," they added.

Possible explanation: 'Can end up anywhere'

Helping to make sense of the wheelie bin mystery, Councillor Nick Adams-King from Test Valley Borough Council said "it's good to see our bins are well travelled," before sharing his theory.

"Residents have been able to buy our bins for a number of years now, and therefore in theory they can end up anywhere, even eastern Europe," he said, according to Wales Online.

"While we’re not sure exactly how this one made its way there, it’s always interesting to see where they end up — even if collection does prove to be a bit of a challenge.

Wheelie bin mystery stumps the internet

Twitter users were left baffled by the find with many sharing their thoughts online.

"That is... bizarre," one said.

"Wheelie crazy, this," joked another.

Others took the opportunity to joke about their own bins that end up down the road after being collected, poking fun at garbage collectors.

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