A young Aberdeen boy’s dream came true after he had the chance to tour a refuse truck – thanks to his mum.
Three-year-old Kai Milburn from Bridge of Don got a special tour of a bin lorry and a Waste Aware bus after his mum contacted Aberdeen City Council telling them about his passion for waste disposal.
One of the highlights of the “waste mad” youngster’s week is when the “bucket man’s lorry” visits their home.
His mum Jenni Bisset said: “For the last six months, Kai has had a somewhat odd obsession with recycling and waste disposal and nothing pleases him more than seeing the bucket man come and collect our waste bins.
“He also insists on doing the recycling and opening all the buckets in every household we visit to ensure they have correctly segregated their waste – we can’t walk past a wheelie bin on the street without Kai lighting up with excitement and we’ve even driven him through the council’s local waste disposal sites in an effort to satisfy his favourite pastime.
“Most children would love to see a fire engine or a police car but for Kai, it’s a real waste disposal lorry.
“It’s been fantastic for Kai to get up close to one and even get a ride – we can’t thank the staff enough.”
Kai was treated to a ride in a 26-tonne refuse truck with his mum and seven-year-old sister Leah, while his mum’s partner Kris Bruce watched.
He was also given an exclusive tour after the waste teams were finished for the day, where he visited the control room, told a driver to start his work and was shown how the mechanism at the back of a lorry picks up bins and tips the waste into the back.
Waste supervisor Malcolm Neil, who showed him around, said: “It’s wonderful that someone so young has been bitten by the recycling bug and of course if Kai still wants to be a bucket man when he’s older, he’s more than welcome to come back and work for us.”
Kai was presented with a special certificate for his honorary refuse collection training and left with a goodie bag which included a mini wheelie bin.
Aberdeen City Council communities, housing and infrastructure vice convener Councillor Philip Bell said: “Waste is something we have all got to focus on no matter what age we are, and we’ve got to start when people are young – Kai certainly has taken the message on board.”