I have stayed indoors most of this quiet week so decided to venture out on this sunny Saturday. First thing I noticed as I watered the garden is the pile of rubbish that a neighbour decided to throw out – butted right against my fence and the curcuma (turmeric for those who cook) outside one corner of my place.
I tend to look at rubbish with a different eye. On close examination, I see that there are multiple items that are useful so I took a mental note to declutter that corner by taking some of the items off the pile.
There were three bundles of jute bags that I know the worms in my worm farms would love – as bedding, as food and as cover. From the words printed on the bags I gathered they once held coffee beans – “Café Brazil; Save the Amazon (?)”. The camellia overhead has anointed them with petals. They came home with me.
Two glass vases were likewise inexplicably dumped – I’m sure they’ll be presentable after a good wash. I can take them down to the op shop if I can’t find use for them.
Rubbish like this would end up as landfill. It’s a pity as our council collects recyclables regularly – if only the owner would sort them: the cardboard and fabric can be recycled and most things won’t break down readily if they are in plastic bags.