Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Buying anything on Amazon? Please use the Geekzone Amazon aff link.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 
377 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 62


  Reply # 771172 27-Feb-2013 17:59 Send private message

I used to live in Germany where the rubbish rules varied from town to town. In the town with the strictest rules, I was paying around $20 a month to have a 35L bin emptied once every two weeks.

In the street in which I lived, most folks had chains and padlocks on those tiny bins to stop bin tourists from dropping things in.

In Munich, most apartment buildings had a rubbish room. I had the good fortune to live in a building with strong doors, good locks and live in security to protect the bins that normally stayed in that room. A friend was not so lucky. The flimsy locks on his building's bin room doors were easily broken open and so they were always full of other people's rubbish.

In Dublin, household bins are weighed each time that they are emptied and you are charged by weight. The sense of community there is such that people do not seem to dump things in a neighbour's bin. Instead they chuck stuff into big heaps around the tiny litter bins in the park.

One time, when I was living in England, the bin men went on strike. My local council announced that a corner of the nearby school playing field could be used for people to dump their regular weekly rubbish. They pleaded with the residents not to abuse this and to only dispose of their normal refuse at that site. Sure enough, hours after the site opened it was full to overflowing with beds, sofas, couches, TVs etc etc.

Is there a moral to all of this? Yes. All over the world, we are united in the despicable way we behave when we have some rubbish to get rid of.

890 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 30

Trusted

  Reply # 778532 12-Mar-2013 13:54 Send private message

jpoc:
Is there a moral to all of this? Yes. All over the world, we are united in the despicable way we behave when we have some rubbish to get rid of.


Too true - living rural, I can "dispose" of semi-degradeable stuff  - old BBQ's etc that eventually rust away.

When I was living in the outer burbs of Sydney a decade or so ago, we were entitled to one or two free inorganic collections yearly - just piled up your junk, rang the council, and within a day or two, it was magically gone !!! There were limitations - no oil, or hazrdrous chemicals, branches had to be an arm's length, but overall a good clean and efficient service that was included in the rates.

None of this annual inorganic collections that despoil our streets for weeks on end, with litter and junk all over the place.




My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government

Infrastructure Geek
3811 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 127

Trusted
Microsoft NZ
Subscriber

  Reply # 778873 12-Mar-2013 22:37 Send private message

SepticSceptic: When I was living in the outer burbs of Sydney a decade or so ago, we were entitled to one or two free inorganic collections yearly - just piled up your junk, rang the council, and within a day or two, it was magically gone !!!


i was in vaucluse (a posh suburb) in sydney this weekend just gone.  they apparently have a quarterly inorganic collection - all the streets were filling with junk (posh junk).

Laughed out loud, and subsequently fumbled the camera (so no pics) while still laughing, when i saw a guy and girl in a $100K mercedes convertable pull up beside a pile of dumped stuff pull out a table, load it into the back seat and drive away.




Technical Evangelist
Microsoft NZ
about.me/nzregs
Twitter: @nzregs


1 | 2 | 3 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Windows 10 News - 22 Jan
Created by Regs, last reply by Technofreak on 25-Jan-2015 22:16 (103 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Police above the law ?
Created by heylinb4nz, last reply by Geektastic on 24-Jan-2015 13:22 (115 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


Spark customers get Lightbox free for 12 months
Created by freitasm, last reply by nyquist on 25-Jan-2015 10:24 (128 replies)
Pages... 7 8 9


Customer services changes
Created by freitasm, last reply by mattbush on 22-Jan-2015 15:29 (102 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Police Speed Campaign - Summer 2014/2015
Created by nzkiwiman, last reply by TLD on 26-Jan-2015 05:14 (75 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Help me choose a new wagon for the family (and me)
Created by Disrespective, last reply by Disrespective on 24-Jan-2015 12:24 (74 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Where to source 200mm ventilation grill (ideally online in NZ)
Created by timmmay, last reply by timmmay on 26-Jan-2015 12:17 (17 replies)
Pages... 2


Negative gearing question?
Created by edwinprakash, last reply by logo on 23-Jan-2015 14:42 (69 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.