Waste, or refuse collection/disposal is an issue here in the UK.
In some areas, there are so many bins of different colours and shapes, you have a rainbow of plastic lining the streets like some kind of parade on collection day.
Most collections are fortnightly and included in the local taxes to the council, however, this year they introduced a charge of £25 for ‘green waste’ and redetermined what could actually go in what bins. There is even talk of your bins being checked for the correct contents, and if you’ve got anything wrong, you can be fined and your bin not emptied. With the green waste charge, you are provided you with a nice sticker (it’s actually boring, with your house name only) for your relevant bin so that the collection guys know you have paid your dosh and they will empty it accordingly.
Here on the Marina, there are blue industrial bins for recycling, small black bins for food waste and green or brown dumpsters for landfill (anything else) neatly sectioned off from immediate view by trellis partitioning.
There is also a junk pile, and since being here, I’ve seen 4 suitcases, a microwave oven, a small ghetto blaster, a TV, oil cans, and a toaster. They are all still there.
Hubby and I hate waste of any description. If we can reuse something for another purpose, then we do our own bit of recycling, but obviously there are some things that have to be disposed of, and if there is no local tip available, this can be problematic.
When one of our boat batteries died (another story), we asked where we could leave it, and were told to put it by the bins as the handyman could take it away and get a few bob. It was gone next morning.
Having replaced my boots recently, we took out the laces, but I was loathe to just chuck them in the bin as there was a lot of wear in them and you never know, maybe on someone else, they wouldn’t squeak. They too were gone the following day.
However, I had to dispose of a lambswool jumper in the dumpster as it had shrunk and would not have fitted a five year old, let alone Hubby and somehow I don’t think a charity shop would have wanted it!