"Did you get that out of the trash? You did! You trash-picker!"
"I'm not a trash-picker. I'm a recycler. That's a lot more romantic. Isn't it?"
['The Wild' Movie]
This week has been Council Clean Up, where households put out rubbish that's too big for the bins and the council trucks come along, smash it up and dump it as land fill.
I've been out with a fellow civic minded green recycler type, picking through the trash and I've been equal parts thrilled and appalled.
Thrilled at all the stuff we rescued from land-fill including one brand new, I swear it's never been sat on, Ikea Klappsta armchair.
This had been pitched out (then rejected by other civic minded recycler types) I suspect, because of the wobbly legs.
Well somebody didn't read the instructions did they?
I got it home got out my tools and put the legs on the right way.
It's gorgeous. It's not land fill.
My friend similarly rescued many more items of good, even lovely furniture, but some of it was very much worse off for the poor weather.
The appalling part is that people throw good quality useful stuff, unceremoniously onto the curb without giving it a thought.
I felt like putting charity shop leaflets in peoples letter boxes or a note even, saying something like:
"Do you know that the Salvation Army will pick this stuff up, free of charge, and give it to families in need? Or sell it and feed homeless people?" "Surely a phone call is less trouble than dragging it onto the curb?"
I just hate waste: that's why I filled two suit bags with around 30 plush toys, expensive toys, in mint condition - apart from the fact they'd been left out in the rain. I took them home dried them on the line, washing the dirty ones, and donated them to charity myself.
Apart from the fact that watching Toy Story 3 has scarred me for life, I think of all the poor little kids, who through no fault of their own, don't get nice toys at all and it breaks my heart to think of this stuff going into a dirty rubbish truck to be smashed up, buried and turned into pollution.
She-Who-Worships-Pink came with me on her first 'trash or treasure hunt' and she asked if she could find some treasure to keep.
I told her"If it's clean and in good condition, you can take one teeny- tiny little thing" :
Yes, this was the first thing she laid eyes on!
We found a pitiful Bratz doll, hair all matted in a tangled ball, with a mix of craft glue and general crud, naked with no feet and again I thought of Toy Story 3...
I wish I'd thought to take before photo's - who doesn't like an extreme makeover - but you'll have to take my word for it - she really didn't look worth rescuing.
But in 15 minutes after a good shampoo, a brush through with conditioner, some prosthetic feet (old Barbie-doll boots), leggings from one of my old dolls and another Barbie hand-me-down blouse...She's like new and Pinkster adores her.
The little Pinkster decided to do a presentation for news this week on re-using and recycling which has turned out to be the hot topic this semester:
And unfortunately the bear goes everywhere..