COLLECTING bins has become a family affair for one father and son.
Michael Briant, 62, has been collecting bins across the Chichester area for the past 35 years, while his son Paul has already clocked up 15 years in the job.
Paul followed his father, who is known to colleagues as Bill, into the job.
Bill has now been presented with a certificate from Chichester District Council to recognise his long service.
He said: ‘This job has suited me down to the ground as I’m a very “outdoorsy” sort of person.
‘I enjoy being outside whatever the weather.
‘The early morning starts have never bothered me.’
Bill started working as a loader in 1976, when he was in his early 20s.
He said the job has changed a lot since he started – the biggest change being the introduction of wheelie bins.
The father and son work on different rounds, but Paul says they always wave if they pass each other while out working in the Chichester district.
Paul said: ‘Me and dad are very similar.
‘Mum likes the fact that we both do the same job, but she says that we only talk about work when we’re together!’
Bill said retirement was not on the cards yet.
He laughed: ‘I’ve no plans to retire yet, so people will see me around the district doing this job for a few more years yet!’
Councillor John Connor, in charge of refuse collections in Chichester, said: ‘Our refuse crews really are some of the unsung heroes at the council.
‘They go out in all weathers and work every bank holiday to make sure everyone’s bins are cleared.
‘Our refuse crews do a fantastic job making sure our district is clean and tidy.’