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I was out walking my dog along a back country road one day. A car drove past, the driver waved, I waved back. I get around the next corner and there’s the car, reversing across the road, quite quickly it was spinning it wheels. It drove past me again, waving occurred again, then I get to where they had been. They had dumped 3 mattresses and 5 pillows on the side of the road. “Pigs!” I thought. The next day on my walk, I noticed an old cupboard, a broom, a mop, a carpet sweeper, a torch, a dustpan and broom had been dumped at the same spot. “Pigs!” I thought again. Within a week and a half, slowly the pile of rubbish disappeared, now there’s nothing left! I assume others have come along and picked up chosen bits and pieces. Just goes to show ‘One persons trash really is another persons treasure.’ Lol


Posted by mom81879, 8th November 2015


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  • There is one metropolitan council in Adelaide that allows you a set number of free pick-ups a year. You have to book it and they give you the date it will be. But…you have to book 2 – 3 months ahead. If you dump the stuff at the dump yourself you have to pay to do so. If they pick anything up they crush it straight away. They don’t recycle anything. They do send a separate car and trailer around to pick up electrical goods. You are only allowed to put the rubbish out the day before. If you put it out earlier and an inspector sees it you can be fined. Sometimes stuff sits on footpaths for weeks. There was one house that must have bought new furniture for Christmas and put the old out straight away. There was even some car parts there. They sat there for a few weeks. I don’t know if the people were fined or not.

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  • it would be nice to be able to go somewhere for this sort of stuff. sometimes you have stuff that is too good for the bin but you don’t want to sell it. i want my donatable stuff to get to the people who need it. they should get it for free! Rubbish tips should be free and no=one would need to dump on the side of the road.

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  • Maybe the council picked up the entire lot so they could keep the town and surrounds clean ?? What ever happened, these people are lowlifes.

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  • I was disgusted at first, they shouldn’t be dumping stuff on the side of the road, it’s littering and you can be fined. I think I know who it was, but being a smell community, I was worried about repercussions if I reported them. They saw me too :/ and they don’t have a very nice reputation. Then I kinda giggled. None of the items were in good condition, I doubt a charity shop would have wanted them, yet someone picked them up. The mattresses would only gave been good for dogs bed or the like. At least it’s all gone now! Although I think the council may have picked up the last mattress and pillow and the torch


    • Thats for this footnote, it puts your story into context – totally understand.

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  • Often when you buy a new mattresses the store will take them and dump them for you legally!

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  • Pity you didn’t get their registration of the car. Then they could have been reported. Charity shops won’t take mattesses and our local tip charges $25 per matress. Unfortunately people dump them instead of paying to dispose of them correctly

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  • I also think they shouldn’t have dumped their stuff in the street. Luckily that somebody picked almost everything up, but what it hadn’t happened?
    Better to bring everything to a charity shop indeed.

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  • Surely it would have been better for them to have taken some of the items to a charity shop for someone else to buy and use in their homes. The items would have been in poor condition left out in the weather and exposed to the conditions. There are charges for dumping goods. They do have a social responsibility to dispose of their own garbage according to the laws of local government and local councils.

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  • What a bizarre story – I can’t help thinking that whether the items are collected or not, this behaviour is simply not ok. There are non dumping bulk rubbish disposal solutions no matter where you live. We have lived in remote areas in WA, NSW and QLD, and have never seen and would never want to see this occur.

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