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It’s second hand Sunday this weekend

By johnboy - 4 September 2008 12

Hoarders and bargain hunters rejoice.

John Hargreaves has announced that this Sunday a whole new world of junk will be out for your collection on the nature strips of the city.

    “Second-hand Sunday is one of our most popular community activities,” said Mr Hargreaves.

    “I am pleased to announce that the ACT Government has decided to have two Second-hand Sundays this Spring, with the first to take place on 7 September and the second on 16 November. There is also another two already planned for early next year.

    “Second-hand Sunday is a great opportunity for people to have a clean-out of those no longer wanted goods from their homes and sheds and for other people to obtain free items. As the saying goes, one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure.

Those with a compulsions to do things by the book can pre-register on the TAMS website.

Here at RA we’ll be going out looking for the most weird and wonderful items being deposited.

If you see any gems then grab a photo and send it in to images@the-riotact.com

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It’s second hand Sunday this weekend
RuffnReady 9:20 pm 04 Sep 08

Okay, I don’t get it. We have a supposed “recycling” centre out at Mitchell that won’t take broken items – surely then it is only a “re-using” centre?

IMHO, under No Waste 2010 there should be depots where broken hard waste is accepted, examined to see if it can be fixed, and if not, dismantled and sorted for recycling. But that’s not the way it works! If the thing you want to “recycle” works, Mitchell will take it, however when I took a broken heater there they said they didn’t want it. So the only place it could go is to landfill. That seems wrong to me. A true RECYCLING depot would dismantle the heater and sort the parts for recycling, surely? That happens in other parts of the world, like Japan, why not here?

A proper RECYCLING depot combined with routine hard waste collections would save a lot of useful objects and material going into landfill or dumping, and provide employment. I see dumping all the time and it is appallingly selfish, community-disres[ecting behaviour. By, by golly, the government could make it a lot easier to truly recycle broken hard waste items, and it’s the only way to really get attack that pie-in-the-sky 2010 target… well, that and somehow encouraging people not to BUY SO MUCH SHIT THEY DON’T NEED! I know! Perfect time for an economic downturn! Bwahahahahaha!!!

/maniacal rant

PS Green waste? Can’t that be turned into compost?

peterh 5:30 pm 04 Sep 08

dorkus mallorkus said :

And here I was, planning to go to a shopping centre to find a Father’s Day present.

another way to get “presents” back when i was a kid, was to go snowdropping. didn’t do it myself, but heard the stories from mates who landed in a yard with a really big dog – only now do they laugh about it…

dorkus mallorkus 5:26 pm 04 Sep 08

And here I was, planning to go to a shopping centre to find a Father’s Day present.

Thumper 1:27 pm 04 Sep 08

Bulk waste collections are such a good idea. You get recycling by those who cruise around early in the morning picking up good stuff, and you get rubbish taken away and not ending up dumped on a rural road somewhere late one night.

Primal 1:17 pm 04 Sep 08

Ahhh, bulk waste collections. I remember those. Such a distant memory now…

Grand idea.

bubzie 12:34 pm 04 Sep 08

anyone know where i can scab a couple of goon bags?

oh my, did i just write that? 😀

peterh 12:19 pm 04 Sep 08

Overheard said :

If they do organise a hard waste collection, I hope they’re off the blocks quicker than the local council where my kids live at the coast. It must have been scheduled for at least a month ago, and last time I was there, every second house still had a mess of old stuff on their front lawns.

Or maybe I’ve gotten it wrong and they’re just encouraging front yard art installations in that area.

I always thought that it was bogan art, similar to the wrecked car dinosars….

Overheard 12:12 pm 04 Sep 08

If they do organise a hard waste collection, I hope they’re off the blocks quicker than the local council where my kids live at the coast. It must have been scheduled for at least a month ago, and last time I was there, every second house still had a mess of old stuff on their front lawns.

Or maybe I’ve gotten it wrong and they’re just encouraging front yard art installations in that area.

emd 12:04 pm 04 Sep 08

I’ve sent off an email to the No Waste people asking why they don’t follow up Second-Hand Sunday with a hard waste collection. No response yet, but will post info here if I get one.

New Yeah 11:45 am 04 Sep 08

Thankyou Hargreaves and TAMS – your timing is perfect. I need some new chairs and a coffee table so I’ll be doing the rounds to see what the well-heeled denizens of the inner south have on offer.

Re weird and wonderful items – In ’01 my ex found a man/dog love video at 2nd hand Sunday. Just there, lying in a box on some O’Connor family’s front lawn. I hope no one has to deal with that this time.

peterh 11:30 am 04 Sep 08

maybe they will empty intact of the old computers and put them by the side of the road?

I would prefer a chief minister by the side of the road, but who would take him?

tortfeaser 10:52 am 04 Sep 08

Most councils would follow up such an initiative with a hard rubbish collection of items that weren’t claimed. But here in toy town we get nothing of the sort, and no green waste collection either. I’ve no idea how those without cars, and big ones at that, manage in the territory with no collection of large items or green waste. For my rates I get a half-sized bin, a half sized recycling bin (effectively, with the fortnightly collection), an abomination of a library service, a pool that’s closed, a playground with broken swings and broken glass, potholes in the road, and a clown running the show more focussed on the problems of Cyprus and statues to grubby ‘mates’.

My vote this spring is going to the mob with the best policies on rates, roads and rubbish. Get back to the fundamentals you clowns!

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