Waste not want not

Since moving house we have been spending large amounts of our time clearing the very overgrown garden, this has involved numerous trips to the dump to get rid of the garden waste. So many trips in fact that I feel the workmen and women there should be close friends by now.

What I have observed from all these visits is the vast amount of good stuff that is thrown away. Today for example a man was throwing away some really good baby walkers, another woman a box of cuddly toys, the workmen fished out PS2 games before they were crushed as well as jewellery. The number of bicycles that are dumped is unbelievable; all sizes from adults to childrens. Whilst I understand that some stuff is useless what I don’t understand is how much good stuff that could be of use to others ends up in landfill sites that will eventually choke up the environment.

Do people ever consider using sites such as freecycle.co.uk if they want to recycle rather than dump something? Or perhaps even sell it. I cannot believe all these people are so well-off that they couldn’t do with a few extra pounds or better still the satisfaction that their items now have a new home being used by someone who perhaps couldn’t afford to buy their child a bike or their baby a walker.

Perhaps if you are having a clear out, think if someone else might have a use for your item before you consign it to a landfill site to fester for hundreds of years.