Every 3 months the local council has a curb side cleanup. For those of you unfamiliar with these, basically you can put out all the stuff that cant go in your regular bins and the council will pick it up and dispose of it for you. Things like broken furniture, wood, mattresses, electrical appliances, etc…..
There are however guidelines of what can and cant be put out. Fridges are a no-no cause kiddies can get trapped in them. Things like paint and chemicals are also banned for obvious reasons. Also, they only allow you to put out so many square footage of stuff (i forget the actual amount, somthing like 1 cubic meters or something) – this is obviously so they have room in the trucks for other things.
Clothing is also a no-no. They ask that clothing be donated to a local thrift store rather than binned.
In the last few days I have observed the following:
People who put entire households’ worth of crap on their footpath blatantly ignoring the size requests. What is worse is that they did the same thing 3 months ago and 3 months before that! How much stuff to these people have???
People who put all their crap outside a neighbour’s house or (as the popular choice in my neighbourhood) place it in the curb at the park or a vacant block. Are they ashamed of what they are throwing out?
This one however, takes the cake. Whilst walking our dog yesterday I came across at least 11 large garbage bags dumped at the park. Most had not been sealed and out of them spewed at least 3 wardrobes worth of perfectly good kid’s clothes. The funny thing was, just another 100mts down the street is a clothing donation bin. I was actually tempted to carry a few bags down to deposit, unfortunately heavy rains the night before and soaked the clothes and they would have to be washed and dried before being put in the bin. (I did consider doing this but wasn’t sure how I would handle wet heavy bags of clothes AND the dog and get it all home without losing one or the other)
What I don’t get about this is = someone went to the trouble of packing the clothes into bags and driving to the park to dump them. You couldn’t go half a block further and put them in the bin???
What a waste