Salford bin men made a special house call for one of their biggest fans.
7-year-old Lewis Berrisford, a pupil at Springwood Primary School, just loves bin wagons so his family emailed Salford City Council for a photo to get a wagon-shaped birthday cake made.
But kind-hearted staff decided to give him an early birthday present and sent a refuse truck round to Lewis’s home in Peel Green, Eccles, to take him for a ride.
Lewis turns 8 on Thursday 12 November.
Mum Kelly Doolan said: “All autistic children have an obsession with something and Lewis’s is with bins.
“He does all our recycling and he knows what goes in every single bin.
“He even follows us if we’re putting the rubbish out to check we’re doing it properly and he puts the bins out for one of our elderly neighbours.
“We told him the bin wagon was coming about a week before and when he saw it his face just lit up.”
Mark Hattle of Salford City Council who organised the visit said: “I just thought we could do a bit more to make Lewis’s day special as he’s such a keen recycler.
“The company C.P. Davidson which provides our wagons donated a Lego model and a Coronation St bin wagon truck as well as a framed photo for Lewis.
“We’ve also offered to visit him at Springwood primary school and talk to all his classmates about what we do an extra birthday treat.”
Councillor Gena Merrett, executive lead member for environment and housing added: “Recycling is really important for the environment so I’m delighted to hear Lewis is such an enthusiast.
“I’m so glad we were able to make his day.”