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Skip-bin etiquette

By BenjaminL - 7 May 2009 38

Time for some of your views on skip-bin etiquette

Background. I rented a 3×3 skip-bin for a week over the last long weekend to get rid of some rubbish around the home. Old books, furniture, kids toys and so on. These things cost about $200-$300 depending on size and for how long. Over the course of the week I filled it up and was a bit disturbed by what people will do when you’re not watching, or think you’re not watching, or even watching them in full view.

    1. People putting their own rubbish in the bin, ie old chairs and what not that wont fit in a standard green bin. Why pay someone to take that away when you can just use the bin i hired for free? I know the size of the object probably makes a difference, ie a mars bar wrapper is a bit different to a wardrobe, but is there a size limit before you can grab that item and put it back on the street so you can continue to fill your bin with your own rubbish?

    2. People who go through the rubbish when im not looking and take what they like. Sure I didn’t want it, and to be honest I dont really care, but could you at least ask? I’ll even help get it out since it gives me more room in the bin to throw more stuff out. Hell take that wardrobe thats not mine…

    3. Young teenagers taking the old soft porn mags. haha I thought this was funny, those mags were pretty old. I did scare them off though with a loud voice though. Hope they hide them from their parents. Oh to be young again.

    4. People going through the rubbish and taking stuff out while im watching them, and still not asking. Im looking at you taking away that old piece of furniture and not even thanks?

Is Canberra full of hoarders and bin-fillers, do you people also go to the dump and hang out waiting for that perfect free gift? Maybe next time I should just dump all the stuff on the nature strip and wait a week? I only have issues with people putting stuff in my bin without asking, take away as much as you want, but a thankyou or please would be nice. I did after all pay for all that stuff….except the wardrobe

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Skip-bin etiquette
ABC129 4:06 pm 07 May 09

I had a similar sort of thing happen the other day. Had a tree felled in the front yard and the fellers (geddit) cut the trunk into rings about 40cm diameter and 40cm long and left them next to the footpath.
I got home too late that evening to move them and had to go to work early the next morning, by the time I got home that afternoon they were all gone!

So if anyone has lifted some very green wattle tree firewood from Weston Creek I’d appreciate it very much if you could bring it back.

@arescarti42 – I have a dog and do the same thing re #2’s and don’t have a problem if you use my bin for that.

arescarti42 3:46 pm 07 May 09

s-s-a said :

If you think it has a potential use, then doing this and/or putting it on Freecycle has to be a preferable option rather than paying for a skip and having it all taken to landfill. I have got rid of several large items of furniture in quite old and delapidated condition via Freecycle – saving me the time and expense of somehow getting them to the tip myself.

There’s a lot to be said for freecycle. At the very least, leaving it on the nature strip with a “free” sign for a bit before you get the skip would get rid of quite a few things I’m sure.

Personally, If the homeowner was around I’d definitely ask if they’d mind me taking a few things, but if no one was there i wouldn’t seek them out. That’s just polite i think. I’d be fairly annoyed with people putting stuff in it without asking though, especially bulky things.

On a side note, I occasionally walk my 2 dogs through various suburbs around Canberra, and being dogs they occasionally defecate. I always bag it and carry it home. Would it be unreasonable to put it in someone’s garbage bin as i walk past their house, to save me walking along with it? I personally wouldn’t mind someone using my bin for that purpose, but I suspect some might have concerns about dog poo in their bins.

hellspice 3:33 pm 07 May 09

i would be more worried about people taking things that are not in the skip

Spam Box 3:31 pm 07 May 09

Others dumping their crap in your bin is a fair enough gripe, as for the rest? – meh

Inappropriate 3:28 pm 07 May 09

ant said :

I’ve got some old furniture cluttering the place up, but getting rid of it has got me stumped. I’m in a rural cul-de-sac, so the roadside option wouldn’t work. I have a ute but working out where to take the stuff is unclear too. Seems charities just want money nowadays… who takes furniture (and is open on weekends)? The stuff is decent and throwing it out would be sinful. It’s got me jiggered.

http://salvosstores.salvos.org.au/donate/

Mike Crowther 3:25 pm 07 May 09

Ive used three of these bins this year (renovating). I couldn’t give a rats if people take stuff out, glad they can use it and good luck to them. I do however object to people using them to put stuff in. That’s stealing as far as I’m concerned. I insisted the skip company put the things well down my driveway for that reason.

Couldn’t you put the paper porn into the re-cycling bin? (If you had too much to fit in then you may have more of a problem than home waste management)

Gobbo 3:25 pm 07 May 09

ant said :

I’ve got some old furniture cluttering the place up, but getting rid of it has got me stumped. I’m in a rural cul-de-sac, so the roadside option wouldn’t work. I have a ute but working out where to take the stuff is unclear too. Seems charities just want money nowadays… who takes furniture (and is open on weekends)? The stuff is decent and throwing it out would be sinful. It’s got me jiggered.

Aussie Junk would take your furniture, surely?

ant 3:13 pm 07 May 09

I’ve got some old furniture cluttering the place up, but getting rid of it has got me stumped. I’m in a rural cul-de-sac, so the roadside option wouldn’t work. I have a ute but working out where to take the stuff is unclear too. Seems charities just want money nowadays… who takes furniture (and is open on weekends)? The stuff is decent and throwing it out would be sinful. It’s got me jiggered.

caf 2:57 pm 07 May 09

Funnily enough, stuff often moves faster if it has a token price (“$5”) on it rather than “Free”.

The Lifeline book fair takes old books.

ant 2:54 pm 07 May 09

Put the good stuff on the nature strip first, with “free stuff” or something on it. People will take it, you’ll have given permission and feel happy, and anything left over can go in the skip.

People putting stuff in your skip though, that’s rude and is actually theft of your skip-space.

If you didn’t have quite enough stuff to fill a skip, it might not be a bad idea to maybe letter box the locals asking if anyone wants to jointly get a skip? Or, you could letter box saying you were getting a skip and if anyone wanted to put a few things in it, they could pay you a pro-rata amount. Sub-letting some of your skip capacity.

There was a good ad on TV a few years back for, I think, sensor lights and they showed a bloke getting a skip and all these sneaky people creeping up in the night with their crap to put in it. Then his lights came on and they all melted away. great ad.

s-s-a 2:45 pm 07 May 09

I will admit to the odd bit of skip-diving in my time (as well as acquiring things left outside charity bins, but that’s another issue).

If a home owner is obviously around to observe me taking things out I will ask them. But if it looks like nobody is home then I won’t make a point of going to check.

I would never put anything in a skip unless I asked. I was luckily able to get rid of something recently when some people down the road were moving. It wasn’t a bulky item but it wouldn’t fit in a bin or a trash pack and it was stashed down the side of the garage until such time as I had an angle-grinder on hand to cut it up. I saw them taking things out of the house and asked would they mind and they said no so I thanked them and went to get the item.

Maybe next time I should just dump all the stuff on the nature strip and wait a week?

If you think it has a potential use, then doing this and/or putting it on Freecycle has to be a preferable option rather than paying for a skip and having it all taken to landfill. I have got rid of several large items of furniture in quite old and delapidated condition via Freecycle – saving me the time and expense of somehow getting them to the tip myself.

chewy14 2:44 pm 07 May 09

Where do you live and how much room is left in this skip bin?

Pommy bastard 2:43 pm 07 May 09

Old books, furniture, kids toys and so on

Surely these would have been better served by being donated to the Salvos?

caf 2:42 pm 07 May 09

Maybe next time I should just dump all the stuff on the nature strip and wait a week?

I highly recommend trying this first, particularly with furniture. Usually works a treat – it’ll normally be gone in a day or two (in the inner north, anyway).

The Brad 2:42 pm 07 May 09

I’ve had the same experience.

One thing that did worry me. I threw stuff in, and people hopped into the bin to rummage around. Legally, what happens if they get hurt? Can they sue? One person looked pretty unstable as he was balancing on my mountain of trash. I certainly wouldn’t have taken the risk he was taking.

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