My family and I love to take walks in the evening. The run up to the holidays was an awesome time to be a walker. The kids loved looking at the neighbors’ extravagant decorations.
A couple days after Christmas, I took a walk on garbage day that greatly disturbed me. I noticed that many of the decorations had just been tossed. The animatronic reindeer in this picture are in perfect working order. Apparently the former owners think its easier to just throw out and buy new every year. I also noticed Christmas lights in the garbage. Instead of taking the time to take them carefully down, these folks cut them up and threw them out. They probably saved about 10 minutes of time.
Although Christmas was disturbing, throwing out perfectly good items is something I have noticed before.
At this time, I have a confession. I’m a dumpster diver or trash picker or whatever you want to call it. You should see some of the stuff I get though:
The wheelbarrow had a flat tire. A trip to Home Depot and $30 and I had a new front tire and a perfectly good tool. I noticed that a new one was almost $80.
The only thing wrong with the Dora bike was that the chain had fallen off. Are people so lazy that they cannot even tackle this?
Finally, the Trek mountain bike was in perfect working order when I rescued it. How sad. Really people? Come on.
I was talking about this with my wife and she had the most ridiculous story of all. She mentioned that in her neighborhood growing up, if a washer or dryer broke, the people would put both out on the curb for the trash. Why? Because they wanted a matching pair.
We all have stuff that we no longer need. Fine, I get that. However, there are other people who could use this stuff. Stick it on Craigslist. Freecycle it. Take it down to Goodwill or the Salvation Army and get a tax deduction. If you’re old school, tape a “free sign” to it and stick it at the curb.
Just don’t stick it in the landfill.
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