Our washing machine died the death a couple of days ago and, since the new one will be delivered tomorrow, I laboriously hauled the old one out to place it outside our back gate on the strip of ground there. "It will be scavenged within 24 hours", I told my wife. She was politely incredulous. As I was putting the trolley away two men in a white van stopped to collect it. They said they were on the lookout for any metal items. Time elapsed before collection - four minutes.