What do residents of Hounslow have in common with those in EastEnders? They both have rubbish problems, that's what!
It all kicked off in Monday (September 12) night's episode when postman Masood Ahmed was seen delivering letters from the council explaining bin collections would soon be carried out every two weeks.
The change from weekly collections to fortnightly ones mirrors changes in parts of west London, with residents in Hounslow and Ealing already up in arms about the changes .
And Masood fanned the flames by speculating there would soon be rats "the size of Mini Metros", as he had heard rumours of this in Hounslow following the change.
The episode is barely two minutes old when Masood bumps into Carmel Kazemi, played by Bonnie Langford, during the morning post round, and the two proceed to have an incredibly flirty conversation sparked by the talk of changes to bin collections in Albert Square.
'This sort of thing matters to people'
Masood tells her how one man chased him down the street such was his anger at the change, to which she replies: “I'm not surprised. This sort of thing matters to people."
And it certainly mattered to residents in Hounslow when wheelie bins were introduced last year, as residents embarked on a mass protest outside the home of their council leader .
Speaking about rumours he has heard, Masood continues: "I know all about rats. When Hounslow moved over to fortnightly collections there were rats the size of Mini Metros within days, hours."
Watch as all the talk of bins gets Masood and Carmel rather excited
In neighbouring Hounslow, some residents have been pleasantly surprised by the benefits of the unpopular bins.
The episode has caused quite a stir on Twitter, where users were quick to offer their comments on the Hounslow reference and trash talk.
The frustration and anger over the new bin collection service continues to be mentioned throughout the episode with Dot Cotton in conversation with Sonia saying “someone must be responsible, I mean what are we going to do when we are up to our eyes in bin bags".
Later on, businessman Ian Beale seems to think he has the problem solved by ordering industrial strength padlocks with concerns people will stick their bin bags into larger commercial bins once the fortnight collections kick in.