Saturday, June 04, 2005

Chucking Out Day

It was chucking out day in the 7th district. It's an interesting phenomenan. Instead of having to take your big pieces of junk to the tip yourself, you just tuck away in a cellar (or in our stairway grr....) until lomtalanitas day comes around. Happens once (or maybe twice) a year per district.

But as with most things, there's a supply of this junk and there's also demand. As soon as stuff hits the streets, so do the scavengers.

You get to see groups of people, often families, going round from pile to pile sifting through the debris, searching for things they need. Or things they think other people will pay for. 

 Read moreThe treasure seekers have to prowl in groups and they have to be quick. If they find something worth their while then it has to be removed immediately. If it's too big to shift, then one member sits on it while the others hurry off to find some sort of transport (normally a trolley).

 I am wholeheartedly in favour of the chucking out day plan. It keeps the crap out of the landfill while providing useful items for some people and an income for others.

I don't think I'd go so far to sneak a sofa off the pile but some of the wooden chairs look okay (I'm sure that's where Szimpla gets them) and a year ago I would have fought tooth and nail for the doors I saw yesterday.


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