The first time I saw him dressed up I thought ‘Wow. How good is this? I just love to see the customers and the joy that going around emptying the bins brings to the kids.”
When Mick Skillicorn saw two-year-old Bodhi Bennett standing in front of his house, the Cleanaway driver thought he was looking at a miniature version of himself.
Pictured: Bodhi wearing a high visibility yellow and blue uniform and workboots and holding a cardboard garbage truck replica branded like Cleanaway as Mick emptied the Bennett family’s bin.
“It’s all very cute. The first time I saw him dressed up I thought ‘Wow. How good is this?” says Mick, a 22-year veteran of the waste industry including more than three years with Cleanaway.
“I have two boys. They’re grown up. I just love to see the customers and the joy that going around emptying the bins brings to the kids. I suppose it’s like Christmas every week to them.”
Bodhi’s mother Belle says her son makes a sign for a truck to alert her to the impending arrival of Mick’s truck in their street at Kariong on the NSW central coast late each Wednesday morning.
“He’s been obsessed with garbage trucks since he was 10 months old,” says Belle.
“He sits down and has his breakfast each morning with his garbage truck nearby. He will wait for hours until Mick arrives each Wednesday. When the truck is coming Bodhi puts on his uniform and waves.
“He even brings the bin by himself, after it’s been emptied. He’s a hands-on boy.”
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