What a load of rubbish — 11 Comments

  1. What’s more, Séamus, no one spouted any shite about ‘eco-awareness’ or ‘environmentally friendly’.  We did it that way, because it was the way it was done and it never occurred to us to throw everything away, like is done nowadays.

  2. Same here, Gramps. We had a household of five kids and two dogs, and the Old Man put a bin out every two weeks. The only difference is that I remember saving empty jam jars for the flicks. 2lb jars were worth tuppence, and five would get you into the Saturday matinee. Mind you, we had to fight the Old Lady for them; she was always wanted them for stupid stuff, like filling them with home-made jam and crab-apple jelly.

  3. Tessa – Of course another aspect was that we didn’t buy so many pre-packed, pre-cooked things.  As you say, jam was made at home, along with bread and cakes.  Crab apple jelly brings back memories!!  I never liked it much but we had a huge crab apple tree so there was always loads of the stuff around.

  4. I’m just back from Libya. (It took me three days to get home though). They have rubbish collection every day of the week. You simply put all your stuff (no need to separate) in a plastic bag outside the front door last thing at night, and when you wake up next morning it is gone. The government do not charge for this service.
    Third world countries indeed. They are smarter than us in many ways.

  5. When we were young we took drugs to make the world wierd.
    Now that the world IS wierd we take drugs to make it normal again

  6. Back in those days the garbos used to wear sleevless footy jumpers. They told little me it was because rats would run up long sleeves. I’ve peferred short sleeves since then.

  7. Oh that infernal packaging..!  We have grey and green personal bins and communal glass (white, green and brown) containers, as well as paper+carton containers and now a new one (appearing on the streets a couple of months ago) requiring that we separate polystyrene, cellophane, yoghurt tops etc., etc.,  from plastic bottles, pasta and rice bags, plantpots, etc…..?????????? The list is endless and I give up! They can’t FINE you if they can’t FIND you is a thought… and I wouldn’t be trying to encourage criminal behaviour…. but if a person were to destroy everything with their name and address on it before disposal in the rubbish bags that have to go in the free containers…
    Of cause that doesn’t solve the computer chip disposal bin.  Oh hell!

  8. Ranty – In fairness, Libya does have one small advantage – they have the entire Sahara to dump their rubbish in?  And when that’s full, there is always the Mediterranean?

    Brianf – The only problem is that we are taking the wrong drugs.  The world would be a better place if we all just stuck to Guinness.

    Welcome, Gingermick!  I wonder what Elf and Safety would have to say about that?  Those were the Good Old Days when people could wear what they liked without bothering with hard hats, or steel capped boots or any of that shite.

    Geri – I am a great admirer of the French system.  You just dump your stuff in the communal bins and forget about it.  I don’t know when the bins are emptied, but they are never full.  Very civilised.

  9. It’s odd really.
    We have to pay for a service – to get our rubbish collected and disposed of – but if we don’t ‘do it’ the way the service providers say we should, they have the power to make us pay fines. But we can’t choose an alternative service provider that does this job the way we, the ones who are paying, would like.

  10. Welcome, Mrs Rigsby!    The way it works here is that we have competition for rubbish disposal.  In practical terms, what that means is that we get feck all say in the matter, and the local council can pick the cheapest service.  In fairness though, I must say our service isn’t too bad, judging by some of the carry-on I have heard of in the UK!!

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