Yes, I am always amazed, and not in a good way. Today is trash day in our neighborhood and it is also HEAVY trash day. Heavy trash is scheduled once a month. For us it is always the second Tuesday of the month.
Now I can understand come spring that people are maybe cleaning out garages or changing up things around the house and yard - but it always amazes me - how many come up with so much stuff every month!!!!!!
I have a neighbor behind me (2 adults and 2 dogs) - that has big bulky furniture out EVERY month! They live in the same size house as me - how can this be? Do people just not take care of anything? Do people waste money on new stuff because they get bored? I DON'T GET IT!!!!!!!
Today they had and end table, a love seat and 3 mattresses. Last month it was a couch and a chair and a dresser. This is EVERY month!!!!!! Always furniture.
This stuff goes to the landfill! Into our earth - for how long? Forever on some things!
I have had the same furniture since 2002, and it is still in decent shape. How can you need a couch every few months?
I recycled all I can in some new way. I donate things that are still nice for someone else to use. Just because it is gently used, doesn't mean it doesn't have life.
I compost or feed the animals. I use leftovers. I can make crafts out of things. My list goes on and on.
I see people talk about 'dumpster diving' at stores. I guess I say good for them. So much is thrown away by stores instead of donating it. There is such a worry about being sued today. Years ago (I mean early married years) we never bought bread, cookies, cakes or any bakery goods. Glen knew the manager of the grocery just up from where he worked - and he would call G at work and say it's trash day. G and the other guys would go with their trucks and pick up tons of bread and bakery items for free - before it went into the dumpster. I swear we didn't buy that kind of stuff for at least 5 years after we were married - nor did our family or friends!!!!!!
There is a You Tube called Freaking Frugal that dumpster dives a lot. They use the stuff, give to family and friends and supply a local food bank.
Sadly our food banks will not accept anything that is past date - even though it is totally good. That just makes me angry and sad.
There is so much good food going into the landfills. There are hungry people every where. This is just beyond my comprehension.
I know a lot people go out before trash pick up and "shop the curb". I have been known to do that - and have gotten some neat things. I am glad to know that some people are trying to reduce waste and save funds.
Yard sales are a good way to rid of things and make a little money. I know it is a lot of work - and many don't want to deal with that (me as I get older) - BUT people can still donate!!! Someone would love to have your items. Bless another.
I guess I am just in a mood this morning. Several things have just set me off this morning and then I saw yet again another pile of furniture at the curb and it hit my "B**ch" button!!! LOL
I just don't understand people.
I will never understand people.
I know I can't be alone in this way of thinking. I know there are lots of you that recycle, refurbish and reuse items.
It makes so much since. Not only do we save money - but we save our planet.
Thanks for listening to my morning rant!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL