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Offline George Reading In The Blood Steve Robinson
16 Jun 2013, 10:07 AM | Post: #1

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You couldn't make it up

Last week I did the right thing and decided to take some unwanted paint to the tip or what is now called the recycling centre. It's on the other side of town, but we need to look after our planet. The paint by the way was in a 5 gallon plastic container and I was getting rid of is because the frost had got it and turned it into a block of cement.
Anyway, when I arrived at the tip. There was a 'not in use' sign on the contain for paints, so I asked one of the operatives what I should do with the stuff I'd carried across the town.
Answer, the paint container is full, so can you bring it back next week. At first I thought he was having a laugh but he was deadly serious so I had to take it home. Has anybody else had any strange encounters at their recycling centre?
Offline ElaineG Reading Standers by Dale Brumfield
16 Jun 2013, 03:01 PM | Post: #2

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RE: You couldn't make it up

Not me personally, but on a trip there a while back, the couple in the next car to us had a bootfull of corrugated asbestos roof sheets. I saw them unloading and thought I would save them the hassle by saying "excuse me, I don't think they will take that because its asbestos and it has to be disposed of specially". They scoffed at me, my husband scoffed at me and then I scoffed back at them all when the man came along and said "you can't bring that here, you will have to take it away again!"
Offline George Reading In The Blood Steve Robinson
16 Jun 2013, 05:56 PM | Post: #3

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RE: You couldn't make it up

I wonder where it ended up.
Offline Susan Lohrer Reading Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
13 Jul 2013, 09:52 PM | Post: #4

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RE: You couldn't make it up

To my mortification, I'm married to a fellow who gets his jollies from burning the things that you don't get a refund for at the recycling place. Undecided

Thank goodness he doesn't have any asbestos lying around!
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RE: You couldn't make it up

The trouble with making it all soooo difficult, is that people will fly-tip it instead!
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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
10 Sep 2013, 05:07 PM | Post: #6

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RE: You couldn't make it up

This post was last modified: 10 Sep 2013 05:09 PM by Ken Magee.
I live in Bangor, Northern Ireland and I'm very proud of our local recycling centre. 

It caters for all the usual waste... oil, batteries, cardboard, glass, electricals etc. Plus there are a number of other initiatives which I like e.g. it's powered by a wind turbine and it has an area where you can leave furniture which is collected by a charity which refurbs and reuses it.
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Offline LindaGruchy Reading The Chandelier Ballroom by Elizabeth Lord
10 Sep 2013, 07:37 PM | Post: #7

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RE: You couldn't make it up

Our recycling centre is pretty good, too.

I bet they'd have taken the paint and put it aside to put into the right container when they could.

We still get fly tipping despite the recycling centre being so good. Some people just want shooting.
Offline Grace Elliot Reading Demelza.
10 Sep 2013, 10:01 PM | Post: #8

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RE: You couldn't make it up

A trip to the dump...sorry, recycling centre, is a day out in our household. We enjoy it so much we even visit dumps....sorry, recycling centres, when we're on holiday (and I'm not joking)

I digress slightly but my son is studying art and he took a number of his 'earlier' canvasses to the dump. One of the workmen at the dump saw one of the pictures and went into raptures over it. He ended up asking if it was OK if he took it home - which was a huge pat on the back for my son. It then reminded my son of a story told by one of his art tutors, who when he was a lot younger and whilst on a night out in London spotted a dustbin that had Banksy graffiti on it. The tutor tried to get the bin into a taxi, but the taxi driver refused to take it and so he had to leave it where it was. That bin is probably worth several 100 thousand pounds now!
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