Refuse collectors are among the many unsung heroes right now, out and about every day putting themselves at risk to help keep Leeds households running as normal during lockdown.
Armley resident Sarah Pearson left this thoughtful message and a ‘bin rainbow’ on two of her bins to thank them for their hard work in dangerous times:
“To our bin collection teams – thank you x” with the photo of a rainbow accompanying it.
And Sarah was touched when she heard the crew shout in delight: “There’s another one!” when they saw it.
Sarah later tweeted she ‘had a little cry’ when she heard their response:
Just had a little cry over our refuse collection team’s response to my thank you notes. “There’s another one!”, I heard them shout in delight whilst loading my bin onto the truck for emptying @LeedsCC_News @LeedsCC_Help @WLDispatch 🖤💚🌈🙏 pic.twitter.com/UumMBD2tFS— Sarah J Pearson (@SJPweb) March 30, 2020
Sarah’s tweet read: “Just had a little cry over our refuse collection team’s response to my thank you notes. “There’s another one!”, I heard them shout in delight whilst loading my bin onto the truck for emptying @LeedsCC_News @LeedsCC_Help.”
And her tweet went viral, with 140 likes and dozens of retweets.
It prompted the council-run Leeds Recycles account to thank Sarah for her message:
“We’re having a little cry at this tweet – thanks for putting this lovely note out!”
And Tweeter Nik Peasgood was so impressed she’s going to follow suit: “That is so lovely I’m going to do that!” she told Sarah.
Just goes to show, a little thought and appreciation makes such a difference to people’s lives in these challenging times.