I was trotting over to Bayview Arena, the nearest clothing recycle/charity drop bin to my residence.
I like that the charity has put in a new bin last fall. This one seems to prevent people from raiding it and leaving stuff spread out all around it. Or at least, that is what I used to think.
I confess to being somewhat alarmed earlier this month to see donations spread around the bin, in dirty parking lot snow, and obviously soaking wet.
Imagine my surprise when I went right up to the bin, and discovered it was half empty. Which suggests to me that the bin has been emptied by the charity but the surrounding donations were not picked up.
It may well be that those exterior donations will never be recycled or reused as well-meaning donors expected. I suspect that they are bound for the trash dumpster. Maybe in May.
I looked at the spoiled donations.
Lego sets. Soccer ball. Sealed bags. A mattress. Scattered wet clothes. Designer jeans with no apparent wear.
Thinking back over the years I have dropping stuff here, do I recall sometimes approaching the bin and finding it full and leaving my own donations parked in front of it, in the naive fond hope that the truck must be on its way soon?
The whole experience leaves me with a sour, unhappy taste. What a waste of good hand-downs to others. I look in the bag I have brought. Almost new AE black jeans that I have shrunk out of. Embroidered Christmas table cloth.
Do charities plot when bins are full and schedule pickup routes accordingly, or do they just stick to a bureaucratic schedule and “shrug” dump the overs?
Can’t there be a warning sticker that says stuff left outside the bin will be trashed?
Yes, I know DC will do home pick ups. That works well when large quantities of recyclables are generated from a major house cleanup. But for those odd one bag-two bag accumulations, I want to move them out of the house ASAP so I walk them over to the bin.
Maybe I shouldn’t.