when i tossed out my garbage today i noticed a green drop-leaf table monopolizing the dumpster space. it could be that one of the legs is broken or a hinge doesn't work, but even so, it's life is not necessarily over. someone could use it, or a piece of it. the chunks of lumber that make up that table should not be toted off
to clutter up a local landfill. all it could need is a coat of new
paint and a bit of tlc, but jamming it into the bin almost ensures its fate to end up as garbage.
there are forums for passing unwanted items along, but it takes a little dedication and effort. just a little, first thing someone could do is list it on craigslist for free. only thing a person would have to shell out is a little time to be available so the saviour of your unwanted stuff can tote it away. the freecycle network is making its voice heard and has chapters in every community. at the very least it could be left beside the dumpster to give it a chance at a new life. back in the day, in my old apartment on robson street, the rougement, unwanted items were left tidily in an alcove bench in the lobby. after a certain amount of time if they weren't claimed, they were moved out by the dumpster.
people don't want to make the effort, or worse, they simply don't care. this sort of arbitrary disposal of items large and small is symptomatic of a larger issue. there's no thought about the big picture. our society has become disposable in every way. and in the pursuit of the latest and greatest fed by companies that feed it, even perfectly good stuff gets tossed. i admit i am seduced by shiny and new things, particularly techie toys, but i've also toted my fair share of stuff to the local sally ann; dropped off old glasses at optical stores and done the same with toner cartridges. i even attended a party where the price of admission was just an old cell phone. but it takes dedication.
anything is better than nothing at all. and that could be said for any effort for the greater good.