1. your local council to take away and dump in landfill or
2. your neighbours to scavenge through, and take as they wish.
Now, I have a bit of problem with the ol' tightarse festival. Not with having a clear out, and broken junk being disposed of appropriately, but what I do have a problem with, is curbside stylists (nice term, yes?) being charged for potential theft if seen taking someone else's rubbish away for their own use.
Earlier in the year, a media frenzy started with this chap being charged for hard rubbish removal, although all charges were dropped. However, we received a pamphlet from our local council this year which said the removal of hard rubbish, was not allowed. It appears other local council's have the same prohibits
"For the past 10 years Greater Dandenong Council has had a local law that prohibits the removal of rubbish put out for hard waste collection. There have been two prosecutions during that period." Dandenong Leader
Apparently, as soon as someone's unwanted stuff hits the nature strip, it becomes council property, which means the next place it will go, is into landfill.
We've seen good stuff out on the streets; furniture in need of a little TLC, clothes, children's toys, suitcases and the like. Surely someone else's unwanted is better being used by another household than unnecessarily dumped in our overflowing landfill sites?
One persons hard rubbish, is another persons treasure.
Have I been partial to a curbside stalking session this year? No exactly, but, during an evening stroll last night, Mr RF pointed to a cardboard box on the grass verge by a footpath near our house, and in amongst the damaged vinyl (Bing Crosby no less), broken crockery, and vacuum cleaner parts, sat three precious little uncut vintage sewing patterns. My thrifty friends let me tell you, I gave a little cheer.. nothing like a bit of curbside fashion to end the day.
Are you partial to a curbside stalk? Have you salvaged anything from the side of the street?