Something for nothing

Scrap Metal
Scrap Metal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As with any other household we at home also produce waste and have things that have no further use to us or have been replaced with something else. Our normal waste products are either sorted and sent to a landfill site or are sorted and recycled by our local authority but some larger items may require special arrangements for collection if we cannot dispose of them ourselves at the local waste and recycling centre. In the past I have obtain a permit allowing my van access to such a centre which permitted me to dispose of large domestic waste materials and furniture. Industrial waste is strictly controlled so for any commercial-type vehicle a permit is required. In order to continue to use the facility I am expected to renew the permit annually. However it has been quite some time since I needed to dispose of anything other than our usual domestic waste which is collected by the local council. During the last year or so I have been undertaking a few domestic projects resulting in the accumulation of some recyclable metal waste. One large and one small central heating radiators, lead soil waste piping, a long length of cast-iron soil waste pipe 150 mm in diameter, metal conduit and cable, aluminium pots and pans, steel baskets out of an old chest freezer and several other items such as a vehicle tow bar and a central heating circulation pump are some of the things I needed rid of. Usually items such as these I could take to the local waste centre myself though for the larger items I would need to empty out my van first and of course renew that permit. I would much prefer to call a local scrap metal dealer and have it all removed free of charge, the dealer selling it on for their own profit. Now as it happened I was out for a stroll on Sunday when I saw a scrap metal dealer driving his pick-up truck on the back of which were several scrap items, a fridge, a washing machine and other metal items and it prompted me to think about having my own waste collected. Later during my walk I saw the same vehicle again and it was being driven into the car park of a local supermarket. I decided to walk through the park to see if I could chat with the driver and caught up with him before he went into the store. I explained to him that I had some scrap metal which I needed to dispose of and that he was very welcome to take it. He asked for directions and told me he would call about an hour later. I was less than thirty minutes away from home so it gave me a chance to collect the items and put them all in the one place for easy collection. He didn’t turn up even though we waited for him the remainder of the afternoon. The is no accounting for such people. There I was offering him quite a lot of waste material for his own benefit yet he apparently was not interested after all. I will call someone listed in the advertisement section of my local newspaper and let them have the scrap metal instead.

Shirley Anne