U is for………………..

U is for Unload

A couple of definitions of unload are:
To dispose of, to dump
To relieve of something burdensome, unburden

Thats what happens here at this time of the year.

Once or twice a year -depending on where you actually live
most shires and councils
have what we call hard rubbish collections

It is a service for every household
whereby you can leave all those things
enormous or small – broken or otherwise
that you want to get rid of
On the nature strip out the front of your house and a big truck comes along and does the deed for you

It lets you get rid of – to unload – to unburden
For Free

It frees you from the thought of having to organise all that moving
lifting and paying!!

Hard Rubbish 1

Thats it in theory
In practice its slightly different!

It’s when that old saying
‘One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure’
comes into play
and the Hunters and Gathers come out.

Little cars and big utes will glide by, suddenly stop and drivers pick through the piles.  Even when times are not hard like now it seems as though everyone is out for a bargain – turning into scavengers – in many cases utilising their skills by upcycling their gains
Unloading others of their useable cast offs before the council truck arrives!

The going rate on scrap metal must have gone up lol
Anything that looks ‘metal’ goes in a flash – washing machines, dryers, bicycles, as well as various other metal bits and pieces are swooped on and removed almost as soon as it hits the nature strip.

Anyway, judging by my ‘nosiness’ while out walking
(yes, I’ve had a little squizzy at some piles here and there)
I think sales in TVs must have rocketed.  From what I’ve seen
just about every house I’ve passed has at least one sitting on the grass.
Mind you it could be the result of the switch over to digital only era we have moved into – which so many older people are Upset over.
I wonder if they will have a truck just for them (tvs) on their own.

The trouble with all this ‘trawling aka car window shopping’ and then unburdening is that it starts to get messy.  Instead of the nice neat (as per council guidlines) separated piles of junk we end up with something like this.
click to enlarge

Hard Rubbish 2

A new version of urban sprawl 🙂

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15 thoughts on “U is for………………..

  1. Cathy, my husband would have been in heaven on this day. He loved to dumpster dive. One man’s trash was definitely Ron’s treasure. You would never believe all the things he would come dragging home and he was proud of every find. Most were actually very good and useable. (another “u” word).


  2. The idea of being able to leave “all”, out on the curb, and have it taken away by the city, is super.

    Guess it’s super for the people who dumpster dive too.

    Guess my question would be, how quickly does the city get to cleaning up the mess? If it’s quickly, not much harm done. If it drags on, and you have to view the messssssssssssss for more than a day, than that’s what it is… A messsss.


  3. Yes I see what you mean about it getting messy. Here in England, where I live (can’t talk for other areas), if we have something large or awkward to get rid of, we have to ring the council and they come and collect it. Last time I did that it was free, but I’m not so sure now. This morning my neighbour left a bed outside his house and the bin lorry came and took it away before 8 a.m. I call that service.
    Hope you get yours collected soon 🙂


  4. Our council collects on demand. You can get four collections per year. It reduces the people sorting through the pile, but if people see your pile, they will add to it.


  5. My local council provides that facility all year long. We just phone and give an idea of the item we need to have collected eg, mattress, fridge/freezer, cooker etc, and then leave the item or items at the side of our houses. We are given a ten day window, but not a time, with luck it might be gone on the same day. There is no charge as it is covered by our household rates.


  6. I must admit to finding treasures that others have left at their curb. I also helped someone else rescue a beautiful glass coffee table that is still being used after many years. I have never left an untidy mess, however. The in your photo really got undone, didn’t it?


  7. We don’t have that free service where I live. There is one day in the spring that you can bring things to a site but you have bring them yourself and pay to unload them.
    As for “shopping,”. I don’t think I could pass by without at least taking a peek!


  8. We used to have a spring clean day in Scotland when unwanted items were put out to be collected, now we have to phone and arrange a ‘free’ individual collection as required which must work out more expensive for the rate payer. I love a rummage, I got some lovely garden bulbs out of a skip last week, treasure indeed.


  9. I love up-cycling! Especially things made of wood. Real wood, not that fake stuff. Here in my town, we have a ReStore, which is run by Habitat for Humanity. You haul the things down there that you don’t have a use for and they sell them and the money goes towards Habitat projects. I love the fundraising aspect of it.


  10. I see what you mean about the mess that can be made. I couldn’t resist a glance or two at what was offering as I walked past, but it’s a bit much to leave a mess behind. Same as those people who leave clothes racks and shelves in an untidy mess in shops.
    Otherwise, it’s a good service but I think the system that Starproms mentioned in the UK is the best one, especially with same day collection! :D)


  11. I love trawling hard rubbish – ‘One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure’ indeed I got an old but useable exercise bike, a lego table , toys and many other treasures in my time. I leave it tidy though.
    I like the Habitat for Humanity idea.


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