Residents have been seeing Santa Claus in their area a lot earlier this year – as he pops up collecting their bins.
Kurtis Mason has been getting into the festive season ahead of December 25 by donning a Father Christmas outfit while out on his rounds.
Kurtis, who lives at The Nook, South Shields, works for Sunderland City Council and has been doing the rounds in his Santa suit.
The festive idea has gone down a treat with young and old alike after he was encouraged to dress up by Laurence Bain, the dad of his girlfriend Aimee, 18.
18-year-old Kurtus said: “I don’t know what made me think of dressing up as Santa.
“I bought the suit a few days ago and my father-in-law said “why don’t you put it on for work?”
“Kids love bin men anyway and I decided if I wore the suit for work it might make things even better.”
He added: “The children say ‘Mam, look, there’s Santa’. It’s great to hear. It will look even better if it snows!
“I was the same when I was a kid because I always get excited by Christmas.”
Former Washington School pupil Kurtis, who used to live in Southwick, Sunderland, has even wrapped the handlebars of his motorbike with tinsel.
Kurtis, who has been a refuse collector for almost two years, added: “You have to get into the Christmas spirit.
“Whatever job you do, it makes it better and to see bairns enjoying things is great.”