Cheered by bin men's smiley face
Boston Borough Council's binmen are among the best-known of the authority's frontline ambassadors. The most regular of round-the-year visitors, whatever the weather, they enjoy banter and a joke as they go.
Cllr Michael Brookes, the council's portfolio holder for waste services, was pleased to receive a message with photographs from a resident whose day had been cheered by the passage of the binmen.
One of them had inscribed a smiley face in the frost on the brown bin.
The resident said: "The lovely brown bin men left me a message on my bin this morning."
The smiley frost face was accompanied by a grumpy face in response to a request for extra garden waste collections now that the season has ended.
The resident said: "I'm sorry too. It's been a big help getting all my garden trimmings away. In view of mild weather this year I would have welcomed a few more weeks of collection. Happy Christmas to our hard-working binmen."
Cllr Brookes said: "It is so nice for the bin men to get this sort of recognition for the work they do. And good to hear that our garden waste service is appreciated."
Garden waste collections will be back in the Spring time, starting again from February 27, but those who signed up in 2016 will receive collections until the end of March. Everyone who wants to continue with the service, or join the scheme, will need to re-register. There will be ample notification next year.