Good clean fun on garbage day
MOST mornings the sound of the weekly garbage truck arrival can either have you burying your head under the pillow or leaping up for the driveway sprint-and-drag because you forgot what day it was.
But not at the Skeels household. That telltale sound of grinding gears and squeaky brakes followed by the crash-bang of wheelie bin contents only means one thing - Dirtgirl is on her way.
For three-year-old Stella and four-year-old Georgia the house is abuzz with anticipation every Tuesday as the siblings drop everything when they hear the truck approach.
"It's usually around 7.30am so even if they are in the middle of breakfast they put everything down and run to the front veranda to wave madly at the truck," mum N'Dea Skeels said.
"The driver always gives them a toot and drives off slowly waving back."
Ms Skeels said the girls watch the Dirtgirlworld television program and play the music in the car.
"They also have posters in the bedroom and there's t-shirts floating around somewhere," she said.
The use of the characters on the truck had made a great impact on the family.
"They think Dirtgirl and Scrapboy come and pick up the bins each week," she said.
"It's made us all more aware so we put an extra effort in when it comes to recycling. We've also put in a vegie garden and the girls like to get out and play in the mud."
JR Richards and Sons driver Peter Neve said he was well aware of the Skeel girls, who were out like clockwork every Tuesday.
"They must come running out at exactly the same time as they are always ahead of the truck waving from the porch, shouting out 'hello mister'. I don't know whether they think I'm Scrapboy," he laughed.
Mr Neve said there were a few kids along his routes that came out to see and wave to the trucks that have carried the Dirtgirlworld message since mid-2012.
"They really love it because there's a personality behind it now," he said.
"Different kids come out all the time as they grow up and find out about Dirtgirl."
Mr Neve and his colleagues operate the colourful trucks five days a week, covering the whole Clarence Valley.
That includes Christmas Day.
"That's when a lot of the kids are outside waving at the trucks, on their new bikes and playing with presents. It's become a real social event," Mr Neve said.