The people in lockdown who dress up to take the bins out – it’s a trashy fashion trend
- A trend spreading across the internet has people dressing up in cocktail dresses and as superheroes to take their household waste bins out for emptying
- It began with a dare between friends in the Australian state of Queensland, and has spread as far as Texas, Britain and the Netherlands
Staying at home all day is rubbish, so people around the world are dressing up to take the bins out and sharing photos of their outfits online to cheer up others in lockdown.
“As crazy as I feel dressing up at home, it’s the only thing keeping me sane during isolation. Wheeling my bin out in style helps me feel happy again,” said Victoria Anthony, 30, a DJ who lives in Sydney.
The trend began in Australia but has inspired jokey posts from as far as Texas, Britain and the Netherlands.
Bus driver Stuart Cunningham, from Glasgow in Scotland, posted a picture of himself taking out the bins in a kilt with a bottle of whisky.
And Christine Leland shared a photo of her husband wheeling a bin through the Canadian snow in a Superman T-shirt, wig and red towel for a cape.
For Simon Wait, an Australian superhero fanatic who has built “dozens of costumes and props” over the last decade, bin night was the perfect occasion to don his huge, eight foot (2.5 metre) tall Hulkbuster outfit from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It all began when Danielle Askew, a kindergarten teacher from Hervey Bay in the Australian state of Queensland, started a dedicated Facebook group that has now grown to 470,000 members.
“A friend put a post up on her Facebook page saying that she was excited it was garbage night and she gets to go out,” the 47-year-old said. “I dared her to dress up to take it out and she said she would take that challenge. I said I would too, and I’d make a Facebook group for us to laugh at, to have a giggle at each other.”
Askew said she was happy to have “cheered so many people up” and had received messages from users saying they were feeling depressed or scared about the virus, but that looking at her page had made them smile.
“There are just so many wonderful, creative people out there,” she said.