We mark the passing of an age with this picture of black bags on West St Helen Street …

September 28, 2010

According to the Trash Disposal Timeline it was in, or around, AD 200 that the Romans set up the first refuse collection service – two men would walk along the street collecting rubbish and throwing it in a wagon.

That has culminated in the current age of over packaging where black bags containing everything from the remains of the Sunday lunch to polystyrene  and crisp wrappers and grease from the chip pan are mixed together, and put out under cover of darkness in a black bag for collection some time the next day.

Black Bags
We mark the passing of an age with this picture of black bags on West St Helen Street … This will be the final time they are collected in this way.

Wheelie bins are the future.

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5 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. newcomer  |  September 28, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Black bags are unsightly, no denying that, but they were, usually, put out the night before collection. Wheelie bins are there 24/7 spoiling the environment. If this is the future is it progress?

  • 2. the color climax corporation  |  September 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

    and at least you don’t have to have 37 different black bags in total for each different type/colour/flavour/sound it makes when scrunched up/ of rubbish

  • 3. newcomer  |  September 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This lady might have the right idea:-


  • 4. This Charming Man  |  September 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Is there a home we can send these faithful border bin liners to?


  • 5. cOLIN  |  September 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    At least the bags will be a bit brighter coloured for people who cannot use the wheelie bins. Pink for refuse and Green for recycling. (I suspect very thin bags), I shall miss the heavy duty sacks I used to get from Abingdon Market, ¬£1 for five…..will put them in my galvanised bin for garden refuse. for transfer to composter…

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