Remember the council industrial hard waste bins on the streets?

Remember the council industrial hard waste bins on the streets?

Remember the council industrial hard waste bins on the streets?

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Remember the council industrial hard waste bins on the streets years ago? Councils would put them out every now and then so that residents could dump all of their hard waste. This post has less to do with nostalgia and more to do with commentary on a sign of the times these days.

People would throw all sorts of rubbish in the old hard waste bins on the streets. Children would then go and scavenge bikes and anything else that they found useful to repair. I am sure that some adults used to do the same. There was almost no such thing as recycling back in those days. People would recycle by fixing what they found because things were made properly back then and of higher quality so they could be fixed up. But times changed and the old bins were replaced with one or more hard waste collections a year instead for our current throwaway, poor quality products, lifestyle.

If these bins were still around these days you can imagine what would end up in them? With all the illegal asbestos dumping on council land going on now it is a certainty that some of that would end up in an industrial skip bin on the street. You would not want children rummaging through those bins with that in there. It is a sign of the times we live in. Very few people knew of the dangers of asbestos back then when the bins were put out on the street by the council. It was also a less litigious society. We know all too well about asbestos dangers and potential lawsuits now.

There would be other hazardous waste that people would dump in the bins if they were still around now too. People would dump surplus oil and tyres in the bins as well now. Some small businesses would dump other chemicals in containers there as well no doubt? Of course, you would also see the usual rubbish still, like old furniture that could be fixed. At least some things never change.


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