Yesterday, after I had tackled Mount Washmore, and Toby had emptied the Lego all over the floor, Country Boy announced he was going to the dump. I had been meaning to go into the village and take some photos to show you all, and so I decided that we would all go.
So we piled the kids in the truck and rocked up to the dump. I couldn't believe what was in the pit where we all throw our stuff. There was a complete nursery set - cot, change table etc, multiple bikes, bags of clothing, a new looking swing set. It looked like someone had done a massive clean out. But here is my point: most of the stuff was still in good condition (well it was before it was sitting in a garbage pit). Surely it could have been reused or recycled rather than being put into a pit to be burnt and buried. I have written about how we don't pay the true cost for many items, and this confirmed it to me. I have no problem with throwing out broken, soiled furniture, but surely someone could have used some of these items!
As a general rule, we love to reuse what ever we can. Last year when we lived in the mountains, we toured the council clean up (also known as the community junk swap) and got some fantastic things. I am still proud that I found a heap of Thomas the Tank Engine stuff in great condition! I found things I later sold on a garage sale!
In the country there isn't council clean up, and it is quite a drive to a clothing bin or Vinnies. It really is hardly surprising that all that stuff was there.
On the way back, Country Boy and I were lamenting that people will go to so little effort to recycle, or reuse things which are still useful.
Am I being stupid and naive? Or are we really wasting so much stuff? Would love your thoughts!