How I love all those “Re” words! This post is sure to be one of “preaching to the choir” but here goes:
My lovely leafy inner city suburb currently resembles one big open air garage sale. Yes, it’s annual Hard Rubbish time. Outside almost every home is a pile of unwanted and unloved goodies – this year TVs and monitors have been especially popular but there’s also a lot of things that…should go into the recycling bins (so much cardboard!) or should have gone to op shops. Perfectly useable items like furniture and household bits and bobs, now ruined from the rain.
I like to think better of my neighbours but it seems that we’re a lazy bunch who hoard up our unwanted possessions and can’t resist putting them outside our home when someone else offers to take them away for us.
A saving grace is the large numbers of scavengers who’ve been roaming the streets, snaffling free items. I have no idea what they will be used for, but anything saved from landfill is a good thing. Our material world is so full of Stuff, most of us have more than we need or even want and we’re very fond of accumulating more.
For those items that are surplus, please remember the “Re” words and consider whether it could be repaired, restored, revamped or reinvented. Perhaps not by you, but by someone you know? If it’s beyond hope, perhaps the components can be recycled? Councils have transfer stations with a bewildering array of categories of recycling – I love visiting my local one, and perhaps bringing home something that someone else has no use for…I got some great silver art deco serving trays and garden tools last time. Amazes me what people throw out.
Items that are good but no longer needed, can be donated to op shops – they’re always pleased to receive good condition donations that they can sell at reasonable prices to raise money for their causes. Please don’t send them your rubbish! Rubbish is what should be sent to be recycled or thrown away. Rubbish is what should go into Hard Rubbish.
All we have to do is think and perhaps make a little extra effort – it breaks my heart to see good things go to waste where there are so many out there who can use them. In the meantime, I hope the scavengers manage to salvage them before the rain comes down again.