You are probably familiar with your councils hard rubbish collection service. Most councils offer a free collection once or twice a year. You may not be aware that once you’ve booked your collection and placed the items on the kerbside, they then belong to the council. Ownership is transferred at that point. So, all that “skip dipping” and “hard waste shopping” is actually illegal. By law, it’s stealing.
Well, here’s a tragic story from The Age today – some poor bugger was ARRESTED for ‘stealing’ a vaccuum cleaner from a cache of hard rubbish by the road. WTF?! Seriously, don’t the Police, and the council, have bigger and better things to worry about?
Have you ever gotten into strife for taking something that’s been “put out to the universe”? Or have you been ticked off for putting items on the footpath? I know sometimes we have no intention of calling the council, but realise some good, healthy recycling will go down in a very short period of time – particularly if you live near a university!!
(And don’t get me started on actual hard rubbish being dumped in public places – seeing so much e-waste like old televisions does my head in. It’s called lazy, people! Common sense prevails – no-one wants your busted old dinosaur of a TV or crappy old mattress.)