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How about a 'dump' day?

Posted Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 1:10 PM

We've got a story coming in Sunday's Times-Gazette about how items left curbside for the annual city clean-up day were grabbed by passersby before garbage trucks arrived.

That made me wonder how a one-day-a-year citywide or countywide 'dump' day would work. Designate one of Shelbyville's large, empty parking lots for anything people think is worthless and just leave it for others to pick through.

The downsides would be that some would grab things and try to sell them at yard sales, plus the possibility that at day's end there would still be a pile of trash to haul away.


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one man's trash is another man's treasure!

-- Posted by michaelbell on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 3:10 PM

Some places have recycle centers where you bring your trash like we have here and they also have a building where you can leave usable castoffs (generally not clothes) and you can take what you can use home with you.

-- Posted by bayng99 on Sat, May 2, 2009, at 8:18 PM

We already have something like this everyday,but we call it GOODWILL.

-- Posted by shrtckt2003 on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 8:33 AM

what i would like to see the county do is contract out the "convenience" centers to a private business that was allowed to set up a secondhand store to sell any useable items and to sell any recyclables & keep all the profits. the county would only have to haul off the remaining trash to landfills (probably significantly less than we pay to landfill now).

if this required a fee to be charged to people too lazy to separate their trash, so be it.

the only negatives i see would be the taxpayers paying less for solid waste disposal, and private enterprise paying taxes on more profits.

-- Posted by lazarus on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 5:03 PM

for people who have things that can still be used but they have no more use for should check out www.freecycle.org bedford county has one and i think it is a great thing

-- Posted by daysfan207 on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 5:22 PM

I agree, one mans trash is another mans treasure. Things that I give away, I want to be free. Their are some things that I send to the goodwill, but somethings I hold for our church give away. We started this last year, the first time we did it, we had alot of very nice things to give away, people lined up at the church before we opened, and things went very fast. The second time we did it, about a month ago we did not have as many things to go, but it was still nice. What we had left we were suppose to send to some place out N. Main st. (Hwy.) close to where the dumpsters are, I forget the name of it, but they are suppose to give things away for free. Some people have low income, and some have no income, and both possibly have need of some things. So I try to save for the "Give away" it is always free. We will probably have it again closer to Christmas Time, it will be placed in the paper a week or two ahead of time.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 7:10 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.