Dark Side of the Bin

by Dirty Murph & the Kerbside Sorters

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Recorded and mixed by Phil Davies at Room 4 Studios, Bristol
19-20 Feb 2017. Produced erratically and parodically, using recycled material wherever practicable.

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released March 16, 2017

Operatives utilised on this recording are:
Ann Ballinger • Pete Bennett • Ian Cessford • Mark Corbin • Peter Jones • Steve Watson

Cover design - Peter Jones. Photos: Garry Knight (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr (cover), Peter Jones (back), Steven Lilley (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr (inner 1) and Howard G (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) via Flickr (inner 2).

Waste hierarchy: Ad Lansink.

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Track Name: Where's Your Bin Man?
Outside there’s a green box waiting
Out by the familly domicile
It’s full of dry recycling
And it’s been sat there for a while
I know the service schedule
The missed collection policy
Out by the kerbisde waiting
Take it away and recycle it please

There is a wait so long
You shouldn’t wait so long

CHORUS:
Where’s your bin man?

Big wait for the kerbside sorter
Big wait and the rain starts falling down
There’s a wind makes the waste start blowing
A big, big mess, litter strewn around

There is a wait so long
You shouldn’t wait so long

CHORUS
Track Name: RCV Driver
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read the sign?
Your bin lid has to close or you’ll get a fine
It’s on the say-so of the head of waste
Don’t ask me why, I don’t know I’m just an RCV driver

RCV driver!

It’s a dirty job on a busy round
I seem to visit every street in town
Don’t believe what you read in the Daily Mail
I try my best but it’s tough to be an RCV driver

RCV driver!

We pass 800 houses, give or take a few
Lifting every bin every week or two
We might leave it longer eventually
We’ll change the rounds and go 3-weekly – RCV driver!

RCV driver!

If you like early mornings and early nights
And don’t mind the smell of the landfill site
A driver’s life could be the thing for you
But now I’m on my break and I’m glad that I’m an RCV driver

RCV driver!
Track Name: Two Streams
Two streams
We want two streams
Get the glass out
Yeah, two streams

Fibres and containers

Two streams
We want two streams
Clean paper
Less contamination

Fibres and containers
Track Name: (Don't Fear) The TEEPer
The Waste Regs have come
TEEP tests must be done

Fibres don’t fear the TEEPer
Nor do metals, plastics or glass (we can be like they are)
Come on LA (don’t fear the TEEPer)
LA spend a few grand (don’t fear the TEEPer)
Best that money can buy (don’t fear the TEEPer)
LA I’m your man

The TEEP test is done
You can carry on

Metal cans and glass bottles
Are together in an RCV (in a rural authority)
Many thousand tonnes of mixed waste every day
(like metal cans and glass bottles)
Many thousand tonnes of mixed waste every day
(can’t define ‘practicable’)
Another many thousand coming every day
(not economically practicable)
Come on LA (don’t fear the TEEPer)
LA spend a few grand (don’t fear the TEEPer)
Best that money can buy (don’t fear the TEEPer)
LA I’m your man
Track Name: The Nurdle and the Damage Done
I saw you sitting on the ocean floor
So small and round, better produce some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done

I hit the ocean and I crashed my boat
I watched the nurdle sink right down, not float
Gone, gone, the damage done

I sing the song because I love the sea
And I work in marine consultancy
Project budget keeps on running out

I’ve seen the nurdle and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
Who puts marine creatures into their tum
Track Name: Circular Economy Song (Ixion Binned)
Some people think a landfill is an enchanted place
Where all the things they throw away
Are magically erased
There’s the people who’ll incinerate anything that burns
And once it goes up the flue
It’s none of their concern

CHORUS:
When you throw stuff in the bin
It never really goes away
Are we ever going to learn that recycling pays?
Keeps material going round in circles forever

A truckload of contaminated dry recycling
May pass the MRF gate but lowers your rate
And isn’t worth anything
If you can accept cartons, and pots and tubs and trays
And small WEEE at the kerbside
You’re heading the right way

CHORUS

If you must write waste policies make sure you underline
Preventing waste is always best
With reuse not far behind
Recycling is up above what happens to refuse
Try to bin only the things that you must
It’s up to you to choose

CHORUS
Track Name: Roadsweeper
One-two-three-four-five-six!

Roadsweeper, roadsweeper
Going ‘bout three miles an hour
Drive my Scarab past the high street shops
With the suction fan on
I maintain the local street scene
Sweeping pavements in the afternoon
Clean it up when it’s litter strewn
Got the suction fan on
Yeah I’m a roadsweeper

Alright

I had a handcart and a broomstick
Used to sweep along the kerbsides
Used to sweep up all the fag butts
In the rain or the sun
Then I got my compact sweeper
With its nozzle jets and spray bars
I’m in love with modern cleansing
Don’t have to sweep, got the suction fan on
Like a roadsweeper

That’s right

Said welcome to the Scarab M25H
Hopper capacity of two point five metres cubed
The pavement is much cleaner as you go by slow
You need a fleet for urban streets
And it smells like heaven, I say

Roadsweeper once, Roadsweeper twice
I’m in love with street cleansing and I’m on shift all night

Well now

Roadsweeper, roadsweeper
Going ‘bout three miles an hour
Drive my Scarab past the local shops
With the suction fan on
And me in love with modern sweeping
Me in love with my compact sweeper
Channel brush and belly brush
Nozzle jets and spray bars
Like the roadsweeper
O.K. now you sing Kerbside Sorters
(Suction fan on!)
I got the sounds of modern sweeping
I’ve got the world, got the pavement, got the
I’ve got the engine, got the power