In a stunning feat of memory and dazzling competence a husband from Rochdale has managed to put the right bin out on the right day.

According to reports Steve Dickinson, 42 and a half, put the green recycling bin out on Tuesday last week after only being asked five times and walking past it four.

His wife Barbara told The Herald in a tearful interview: “I couldn’t be more proud of Steve. It’s a real achievement to put the green bin out on every second Tuesday and the black bin out on every first.”

“I have written to the Mayor to ask if he could be considered for some sort of an award, perhaps a CBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to putting the bins out.”

Steve told us: “It’s not easy to get the right bin out on the right day. It’s not easy to put the bin out at all. The trick is to clear your mind, stay focussed and try to remember precisely what Barbara asked you to do in the fourteen steps between the backdoor and where we keep the bins.”

“It all came together on Tuesday. She asked me to put the bins out and I said which one. I then wrote it down on a piece of paper. Then I went on Google and took a screenshot of a green bin on my phone.”

“I just looked at the picture on my phone and had Barbs stand at the back door and shout green bin at me until I was actually pulling the green bin up the drive.”

“I almost got distracted by a text message from Dave asking me about going to the pub. But that’s where the discipline, breathing techniques and focus comes into play.”

“I hope I can be an inspiration to others.”

To be fair to Steve the sticker on the bin from the council that says which bin goes out on which day hasn’t been updated since 2006.

Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.