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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 September 2006, 06:01 GMT 07:01 UK
Dustman swaps bin lorry for books
Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts was inspired by children's interest in the bin lorry
An ex-dustman ditched rubbish collecting to write books after spotting youngsters' fascination with how his bin lorry "ate" the refuse.

Dan Roberts, 25, who lives in Blaenavon in Torfaen, hopes his children's books will soon become animated tales.

His first book Danny the Dustcart was co-written with the help of Mr Roberts' wife Sarah.

Copies are being sold in south Wales and in Medway, Kent, where the couple are originally from.

The couple, who have a daughter, hope that Danny the Dustcart and friends will encourage positive messages about rubbish removal and recycling.

Danny the Dustcart
Danny the Dustcart is the main character of the books

Mrs Roberts said: "We've never done anything like this before, but Dan was coming home and telling stories about how interested the children were in watching how his lorry worked.

"They were fascinated in watching how the machine ate the rubbish.

"We started putting the stories down on paper and it went from there."

The books have been selling from shops in Newport, Abergavenny and Medway in Kent and on the internet and the couple are hoping that they will be turned into an animation.

"We are really excited about this and hope that children will enjoy the books and get subtle messages about waste management issues like recycling," she added.

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