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  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.

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  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.

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  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.




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