What a Waste

Our community has bulk pick-up every week.  I know I’m lucky, as many communities have no bulk pick-up at all.  Heck, my Dad’s tony city has none so residents have to schlep it somewhere, which can be a real PITA.

This morning I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful wood bed at the end of someone’s driveway.  It looked to be in very good condition, and even if it wasn’t I’d have schlepped it home if I had the room to store it.

It’s truly amazing to me what people put by the curb.  Perfectly usable items, and occasionally they find their way off the curb and into my car.  Some I sell, and some I keep, but either way they aren’t taking up unnecessary space in a landfill.

Just because you don’t want to take the time or spend the money to repair something doesn’t mean it’s  trash.  Unless your dog peed on it or it’s smashed into a hundred pieces someone else can probably use it, and be thrilled to have it.

I understand wanting to get rid of unwanted items, I really do.  But  how much effort does it take to donate something?  A phone call will see the veterans, Salvation Army or one of a thousand church organiations come to your house and pick it up.  You can even get a tax deduction!

There’s also Craigslist, where you can sell your item and make a few dollars.  And Freecycle, where someone who thinks your trash is treasure will come and take it off your hands.  Both of these options take minimum effort, as it takes about two minutes to post a listing.  Yes there can be pitfalls to using these services, but even though I’ve been burned I still think they are very much worth utilizing…

And you can make someone’s life better or easier or prettier.

And you don’t have to schlep it to the curb.

And there will be more space in the landfills.

And my garage.

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2 Responses to “What a Waste”

  1. Mr Geek Says:

    I totally agree. While I am too lazy to deal with the whole e-bay thing, my wife is a keen user of Freecycle.
    You get to declutter … someone else saves themselves from forking out cash.
    It really is a win-win.

  2. copyeditorsdesk Says:

    There are things I can’t lift into the car. I live by myself with no one to help me wrangle heavy items into a vehicle, so that makes it difficult to schlep things to Goodwill or St. Vincent’s, both of which have become a shade picky about what they will accept. Goodwill, in particular, can be very snooty about what it will pick up. Because I do live alone, I’m not real comfortable about advertising on Craig’s List and having just any stranger show up at my house.

    I have left several such items at the end of the alley behind my house with a “free” sign. They disappeared within hours. I fail to see the difference between doing that and donating it to Goodwill: either way, someone who needs it gets it. Well, except in this case, the person who needs it gets it for free.


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