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We recently had an inorganic rubbish collection in our area. The residences were forewarned of the coming event and part of the instructions was not to put out anything for collection until a particular day. Other instructions were to have no garden waste. Unfortunately, although some people could read that there was to be a collection, they obviously couldn't follow any of the instructions, as in out street, one particular household near us, insisted on cutting down some trees and placing all the cuttings on the kerbside. Another house put out their accumulation of bits and pieces eight days before the collection date. During the period of putting out their rubbish and the collection day, the kerb side shoppers had their go and along with the wind distributing the mess, resulted in what ended up looking like the local tip had transferred to our street. One of the biggest problems was the polystyrene bins that the wind sent down the road, like tumbleweeds. As if that wasn't enough after the garbologists had done their part, there were bits of rubbish left all over the street. The same people who had put out the rubbish, were then too lazy to go out and do a clean up in order to make the street look reasonable again. I say to these people, where is your pride. Don't you have any sense of responsibility? It wouldn't take long to do your bit for the neighbourhood, or is it beyond you. Oh yes, the tree cuttings are still there and I guess they will remain until someone else moves it for them. Why do some people have to be so lazy?
When viewing all the piles of rubbish, the question is, where did it all come from? I can just imagine what the inside of their houses must look like, but then I remembered that most of the houses around here are rented, so they probably don’t give a hoot. I know all rented houses are not like this, and some tenants are extremely responsible, but unfortunately a minority let the others down. What is needed is for the council to stand by its policy and start to penalise some of the offenders and then maybe the others will get the message. I did notice that some residents made neat piles of their rubbish, and then the vultures scattered it as they searched through for their treasures. Maybe next time things might be different, but I’m not holding my breath.
At the time of this going to press, the council has been and removed the tree rubbish.