We had "big trash day" in Jersey when I lived there. It was one day out of the month where you would throw out large items (like couches, grills, dead bodies, etc.) and the county would pick it up without charging you extra.
Chances were pretty good that most of your "garbage" would be gone by the time you woke up in the morning, as people would drive around town scavenging things. For one person's trash is another person's treasure.
(sorry for the cliche'...it's still early, and my brain hasn't woken up yet)
Oh, yeah, trash-picking is a regular sport around here.
I just feel back because the motor hood was off it and I forgot to throw it out there. I'd be happy if they had that, too!
My mother used to be one of those scavengers. Many, many years ago she grabbed some full garbage bags. She took them home and found them to be filled with some exquisite vintage clothing.
Is there a craigslist in your town? I bet there is a freecyle (there is here). It's a good way to get rid of things, although yes you are right, most stuff left will get picked up by SOMEONE.
Yes, but then you have to be around to answer phone calls, arrange the whole thing. I prefer to trust to providing someone with a lucky break.
Ahh, yes, the curb exchange program *wink*
We have a fairly active curb exchange proram here as well. We put a cough out and it was gone in about 4 hours. All the baby stuff was gone in less than that (ie broken playpen, old carseat, etc). We even had some HYOOGE VCRs from back in the stone age (early '80s... the ancient past in tech terms) and they were gone prettty quick as well.
Not to mention we grabbed a perfectly well working,full size cabinet video game (Mr. Do) and three working dishwashers. And a working washer and dryer, and we're still using the dryer...
Wow, that's some pretty good stuff. Ferrett will cry when he reads about the game cabinet....
well it would help if I spelled stuff correctly.
We put a *couch* out for the curb exchange *program*, hehehe. Heavy ole' thing too, took three guys and 30 minutes. Gone in hours.
And yes, the video game was quite a find. And it worked just fine, it just needed a little love. It's sitting in my living room now, taunting me to try to move it without breaking an arm.
I figured you meant couch. As the Queen of Typos (a small Geek iland), I never denigrate people for such things.
I liked that movie. It made me laugh quite a bit. Especially during the time they gave the squirrel an energy drink. :)
But I live in an apartment complex. Anything you put in the dumpster area is plain out GONE by Tuesday. Much better than living in a house and things have to be by a certain specification.
Yes, I do remember those days. Everything is a trade-off.
In my old neighborhood, putting something on the lawn was equivalent to donating it to goodwill, without the having to drive to a drop-off location. When I moved out of my apartment, I put a LOT of things on the street that were just embarassingly old/worn/etc. They took everything.
I wonder if it's the garbage men or people out gathering stuff to fix??
Oh, it's definitely not garbage men. The garbage men would not have been here by then. And we've had it happen before.
We find it similiar here. We have put out all kinds of stuff and almost always see someone stop and take it. I haven't bought a couch at a furniture store since the one we got when we first married. Every time we've needed one, we found one curbside! We've also gotten chairs, tables, and bookcases! One summer I found a dresser for my daughter, and a few months later found a hutch top to go with it!
Amazing. I haven't been as lucky, but I haven't much been looking.
I wish the place where I lived had that kind of "curbside exchange" set-up. But apparently the place wants to think the neighborhood is much too posh for that.
So instead I donate everything to my favorite religious order, who literally take *everything* I can throw at them. I guess it helps that, being a vocational school, things will get cannibalized and re-purposed into more useful things.
It's great that you have somewhere to take stuff. That treadmill was too heavy for any of the charity pickup places around here!