Lock down clear outs

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Lock down clear outs

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I think that things have quietened down now that the lock down regulations have been eased and there are places to go. But the local Facebook pages for the three months at the height of lock down and just after were full of posts from people who had been clearing space and leaving stuff at the garden gate for people to take away. Don't know how much of the stuff actually was taken and used. But it was certainly a "thing" for a time.

Now all the queries are about what is being taken at the tip - especially furniture. Seems that you can take stuff if one of you can move it (staff under instructions not to help) which makes it hard when it comes to a king sized mattress it seems. :lol:

At the moment Freecycle seems to be advertising mostly stuff not in need of repair - that's odd. But the local scrap man is well in demand as new kitchen goods have been bought. Next door neighbour got a free working gas cooker (she moved in without a cooker) given away because it was in serious need of cleaning. Took her time over three days but it's now perfectly good. :dontknow:

How has the local reduce, reuse, recycle been with you recently?

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Re: Lock down clear outs

Post: # 294121Post Viper254 »

Lockdown was spectacularly good skip pickings for me. I have been nabbing old pallets for winter kindling (hoping to heat nearly solely on woodburner power this winter) and also got my hands on loads of old pots, hanging baskets... all sorts of stuff that just appeared on the pavement. Books, too. People's DIY has been good news for us, for sure.

We fell foul of the "no help" rule at the tip as well, when we took our big red armchair (at least 40 years old and frame broken in many places) to the big tip in the sky. I had the last laugh, as I struggled to get this thing off the roof of our Yaris and dragged it inch by inch up the ramp before somehow levering it into the skip solo. I held the entire tip (3 people at a time) up for about 20 minutes.

We have been guilty of clearing out the piles of stuff during lockdown too. Obsolete electronics, stuff I'd promised I would fix but never had/would, engines and bike parts in the garage that had moved house twice but weren't needed. All in all it's been very therapeutic, and most of it has been able to be sold, freecycled or recycled.

I do worry about how much stuff locally bypassed the "reuse" section and just went straight to the tip, though.
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Re: Lock down clear outs

Post: # 294123Post Green Aura »

Our "recycling centre" closed at the start of lockdown and hasn't re-opened. All the surrounding ones have but theirs are all manned. Ours consisted of two enormous skips, into which everything was thrown in a jumble.

I'm sure it must have played havoc with the Council's recycling targets but I'm guessing not half as much as cleaning up the fly tipping which is bound to start soon will, if it isn't re-opened. I can't see many folks driving to the next nearest - 15 miles away.

I can't see my 8-seater kitchen table at the moment - it has collapsed cardboard boxes piled all along the long side, about a metre high. Nearly four months worth of veg box deliveries, plus all the online purchases we needed, have mounted up quite considerably. Fortunately we'll probably use most of them in the garden, back end, when we plant out our fruit trees in the front garden. In the meantime that whole area is off-limits.
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