Viewers thought Monday's EastEnders was a bit, well, rubbish

(Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes)

EastEnders fans were a bit perplexed and underwhelmed by Monday night's episode during which Albert Square locals got to grips with a new rubbish bin regime

EastEnders – it’s all hard-hitting storylines, grim and gritty issues and... bin collection woes.

Wait… what?

Monday night’s episode of the London-set BBC soap was not exactly a plot twist worthy of a doof-doof-doof ending, as the residents of Walford flipped their lids over a change in council bin collections.

Fly tip heap

Is this the future of Albert Square? (Chris Radburn/PA)


Some new recycling boxes had arrived at houses in Albert Square, along with the shock news that from now on, the bin lorry will only be coming fortnightly rather than once a week to reflect recent recycling changes in the capital.

As you can imagine, this was the cue for the usual livid response from outraged characters, including throwing burnt toast into the street and even kicking bins. Gasp.

Lauren Branning EastEnders

Lauren Branning found the new bin schedule far too much (BBC)


Spare a thought for those with stinkier rubbish than the rest, too – poor Lauren Branning complained: “I know this sounds really bad, but sometimes I feel like this house is just full of dirty nappies and incontinence pads and stuffy rooms and bleach up my nose. Who knows what it’s going to be like when they’re only doing the bins every other week?”

Pregnant Whitney Dean chimed in: “Which bin do dirty nappies go in?”, but a confused Lauren couldn’t tell her.

EastEnders viewers were not exactly gripped by the latest storyline.

Let’s see whether this plot has been binned by the next episode.


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