The pedal bin in the family kitchen has lost her zest for life and now makes little effort to do her daily work.

In the younger days, the container worked with a sense of real enthusiasm – it opened smoothly with a light pressure of the foot. But over the past six months, it has become a shadow of its former self, often failing to fulfill its core functions.

Co-owner of the container, father-of-two Joe Turner, said: “When we first brought it home it worked like an absolute charm. You could just look at the pedal and it would slide into the perfect open position. It held its weight properly when it came to getting rid of the trash.

“Then at some point it just lost motivation. These days, when you push the pedal, it either doesn’t open at all, or it opens with such force that it leaves a dent in the wall at the back. Looks like it just can’t be bothered anymore.

“When I cook, I usually take the whole lid off and use it that way, but that defeats the whole point of having a pedal container.”

Turner’s wife Sarah added: “It’s kind of like he was trying to impress us in the early days – then once he got through his probation he started dialing it up.

“I’m afraid we won’t be able to go back to the way things were. We’d better just hang the plastic bag on one of the cupboard handles.’