THE borough's most famous binman will return to our screens this weekend to revisit an old friend on the streets of Jakarta.
Father-of-four Wilbur Ramirez had his eyes opened 18 months ago when he appeared on BBC2’s Toughest Place to be a Binman, which showed Indonesian bin men scavenging rubbish for a living on Jakarta's massive landfill site – while others walked their rounds barefoot and with the most basic of equipment.
Three million people tuned in to watch the original programme which saw the 44-year-old taking over the round of Imam Saffi, who lived just yards from a rubbish dump.
During the trip he was often reduced to tears by the terrible living and working conditions his counterparts were forced to endure.
However the experience led to the two men becoming firm friends and on his return to the UK, Mr Ramirez set up The Wilbur Ramirez Charitable Trust to help improve the working conditions of his Indonesian comrades.
On Sunday (21) night, they will be reunited as the BBC catches up with the pair to see how the charity has made an impact.
The Cricklewood resident, said: "When I was on the plane coming home I couldn’t wait to see my wife and kids, but I also couldn’t stop thinking about Imam and his family, who I was leaving behind. I knew I had to do something.
"During my visit, I couldn’t believe the size of the rubbish tip. The people living by it were lucky if it was collected once a week, now they come two or three times a day."
Thanks to the trust and Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s refuse collection firm, Serco, Mr Ramirez was able to give them all boots, trousers, hi-vis shirts, brooms, shovels and first-aid kits.
He also handed over 30 pairs of trainers to the binmen who had previously worked without.
‘Toughest place to be a bin man – the return’ is on BB2 on Sunday (21) from 9pm.