One thousand miles from conflict-torn Ukraine, a Hampshire wheelie container was found.
A journalist near the Polish border spotted the TVBC bin at Test Valley Borough Council.
Philip Crowther is reporting on war in Ukraine for the AP news agency. He posted a video on Twitter.
The Hampshire Chronicle reported that he saw the black waste bin in disrepair as he left Lviv, where his work had been for two weeks.
The bin was located on Hlynystsi’s side, just before crossing into Poland. It was being used as a border guard station.
Mr Crowther asked: “How did your wheelie containers make it all that way to Ukraine? And when was it picked up?”
TVBC, which is responsible for the towns of Romsey and Andover, replied: “Hi Philip. Umm, hmm. I checked the notebook but there doesn’t appear to be a standard answer for this question …”.
“Can you tell me where this address is in Ukraine?” “I’d like to ensure that this collection address is included in our fortnightly rounds, and not reported as missing,” adding a winking emoticon.
Later, the council shared Mr Crowther’s tweet with the caption: “ICMYI” (In case it was not obvious): The time when one of our wheeliebins ended up in Ukraine.
The tweet said, “No, we don’t know neither.”
Councillor Nick Adams King, Waste and Recycling Portfolio Holder at TVBC, stated: “It’s great to see that our bins have been well traveled and to hear that it’s still in use for the border station between Ukraine, and Poland.
“Residents can buy our bins for many years, so they can theoretically end up anywhere. Even eastern Europe.
Although we don’t know how this one got there, it’s always fascinating to see their destinations – even though collection can be quite difficult.
“I am afraid that I cannot promise that we will be in a position to deliver a new blue container and corresponding food caddy when the new recycling system is launched.”