I’ve spoken about rubbish many times before on this blog. Today I’m going to talk about rubbish again. Well, not exactly rubbish, let’s just call it unwanted stuff.
First, let’s remind ourselves of all the rubbish posts I have made so far:
- In May 2009 I wrote Talking Rubbish
- Later that same month I followed up with Any Old Iron! Any Old Iron!
- Then in June 2009 I wrote “Go Ahead, Make My Day” – More on Rubbish
I think it’s fair to say that May/June 2009 can be regarded as my “rubbish period”.
Today though, as I say, I’m really talking about unwanted stuff. You know the sort of thing I mean, an old bookcase; the armchair you never sit on; the little bike with stabilisers your kid has grown out of; the dining table and chairs you’ve replaced at great cost after being nagged into submission; yes, that sort of thing.
It’s stuff you don’t want, but maybe somebody else does. One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure, as they say.
So what can you do with this stuff?
Here, in Australia, we put it out the front.
Yes, most councils offer a yearly or bi-yearly kerbside collection service, I briefly mentioned that in the above linked any old iron post. But I’ve noticed many people don’t wait the year or two to put these sort of things out, they just put them out the front anyway.
Driving along the road, I’ve seen that bookcase, that armchair, that little bike and that dining room table, all just sitting on the side, waiting.
Waiting for somebody to claim them and take them home to call them their own. So I decided to give it a try with a child’s car seat support that Elizabeth has grown out of, an old plastic outdoor table, two chairs and an umbrella…
Yes, it worked. Saves driving all the way to the tip.
It’s just a thing that we do here in Australia and I’m sure it didn’t happen in the UK. Does it happen where you live? Anyway, everybody here understands that if you put your unwanted stuff out the front of your house, on what’s known as the nature strip, you no longer want it, so it’s up for grabs.
Anyone can feel free to take it.
Or can they?
This very idea was thrown into complete confusion last year when a man in Melbourne was, well, it’s all explained in today’s video…