Today we were privileged to see recycling in action.
Our across-the-road neighbour has, for some time, been keeping rubbish on his roof. The rubbish included an old, broken umbrella, plastic bags full of empty beer cans and other stuff which was harder to identify. Many of these items had been put there by the bin men, clearly they have an eye for recycling. Today we saw our neighbour sell it to one of the men who comes round with a cart, looking for saleable stuff in the street and the bins. One of the unidentifiable items on the roof turned out to be a largish lump of lead. Our neighbour made some money and his roof now looks considerably more attractive (though we think he is still saving rubbish for another purpose).
This afternoon we de-cluttered some outside storage space in preparation for some re-surfacing we hope will begin soon. Various items went out to the bin – and swiftly disappeared. Two broken hammocks rode down the street on the heads of young lads on scooters (the sort you push with your foot, not the motor kind). They were kicking an empty paint can.
This evening we ate tuna bake – this was made with tinned tuna. The oil in which the fish was preserved was carefully poured back into the can and the can was balanced right side up in the bin. Before Hilary got back to the gate two cats had their heads in the can. She’s hoping they got the scraps she took out later.
As Hilary just said, “It’s brilliant – much better than green boxes”.