Day Four: 2017
If you take a tour through my house I can give you a detailed breakdown of what came from the side of the road. These items include:
Over the years we've probably given away as many items, if not more, in the same manner. Before Christmas I picked up a bag full of bromeliads that I've replanted into a pot which now sits outside my studio and looks great. I'd been thinking that some pottery pots or urns would look cool on top of my bookshelf. Today there it was, just up the road, a very dusty pottery jug with some 1980's decor grasses sticking out of it. I've composted the grasses, washed the pot (which is beautiful) and popped it up on top of the bookshelf!
There is so much stuff already made in this poor old world that there is seldom an excuse to buy anything new. And if you can get it for free all the better. I love that in spite of the Council moving to a more regulated inorganic collection in Auckland, Aucklanders are still willing to put unloved items out on the street to find a new home. This informal recycling of goods saves the donee time and effort and can make the happy recipients day. And you know that if no-one takes it - then yes you will have to pay to send it to the landfill or book in for the next Council inorganic collection pickup.
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My name is Carolyn Cox, I'm the Director of Green Businesss HQ.
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