That’s rubbish

26 Jan

I haven’t updated you on my love-hate relationship with English rubbish removal recently.  I’ve become largely resigned to the monthly trips to the landfill/recycling centre to remove the rubbish and recycling the city is too precious to pick up.  Inured to the occasional bin-tipper who just dumps all their household trash into a city rubbish bin, where it sits for weeks and weeks.  The rejected yogurt pots removed from my recycling bins and tossed back on to my driveway.  I’m still on good terms with the jumpsuited fellows at the recycling centre, which looks nice and frozen this time of year.


Now, remember all that snow we’ve been having?  This part of England is not really cut out for snow.  No plows, not much salting or shoveling.  Mostly a lot of staying home or stepping gingerly over icy walkways, waiting for the inevitable rain to return and melt it all away.  And, apparently, these conditions mean our delicate rubbish men are unable to retrieve our rubbish.

20130125_120634Look at those terrible road conditions, several days out from our major winter storm!  How … um … what?  Really?  Rubbish collection — which only happens once every fortnight, anyway — has been canceled for this round because of the road conditions?  These road conditions?

What does this make me think of?  Hmm, what was it?  Oh, right, the last time our trash removal was delayed in the States:

img_0467Delayed.  Not canceled.  Darn it, England, are you just not trying?

img_0473I thought I’d include this shot of our mailbox, from that same storm.  You know why the mailbox is open?  Because the mailman delivered the mail.

Sigh.  Since the sweet, helpless, osteoperosis-ridden grannies who pick up our rubbish (I assume) are too dainty to collect when there is a spot of snow on the road, I’ll be off once again to haul my own rubbish and recycling to the local out-of-town recycling and landfill centre.  Because, apparently, I am more hardcore than the professionals.



10 Responses to “That’s rubbish”

  1. Aubrey Price Pettyjohn January 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Love the compare-and-contrast photos! Nick made two trips to the tip today — you probably saw him there. 🙂

    • Monique January 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      I took my trip today — SO crowded. Lots of grumpy people.

  2. Zazzy January 27, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    That really is rubbish! Even here, where the post office doesn’t deliver to our house because there really are a few days per year that they cannot (and somehow that justifies not doing it at all), the garbage collection only skips when the roads are truly unsafe. You should send them your photos. 🙂

    • Monique January 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      Slightly worried to send in my photos — what if they never pick up my rubbish ever again? Now, wait, I don’t understand, your mail is *never* delivered? How does USPS get away with that??

      • Zazzy January 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

        We have to have a PO box. They just don’t deliver on this street. But then, I had a lawn guy refuse to drive down here in the summer. C’mon, it’s steep but not *that* steep!

  3. Andrea January 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Oh wow, the snow was much thicker up here and the roads only cleared by the locals, so I just sighed when I heard no rubbish pick up, but wow, I can’t believe they canceled yours. That is quite unexplainable! But hey, no big deal, can’t you wait a month between pickups?

    • Monique January 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      lol, of course. I just drive all our rubbish to the landfill/recycling myself. Maybe this is all because I messed up Boxing Day and didn’t leave the dustbin men a tip??

  4. Sally January 28, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Loving your tags for this post!

  5. greatscott3 January 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    BAH! Love the photo of your garbage cans/mailbox covered in snow in America. Living in Cleveland for a while, I can relate to those photos. And, yes, the garbage was always picked up and the mail delivered. Midwesterners have to be tough. haha! Also love the rubbish bin stickers. We constantly confused ours with the neighbors when we were living in the UK – that would have saved us loads of headache! xo

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