The unexpected romance of rubbish removal
Not long after JD and I started seeing each other, he told me had something special planned for a Saturday morning. He’s not one for hugely romantic gestures so I was excited by the thought of breakfast at a new cafe or perhaps a morning massage followed by lunch by th eocean? No chance. He told me to put on my Blunnies and hop in the 3-tonne tipper – we were off to the tip!
So, I hauled myself up into the cab of the company 3-tonne tipper(sadly, we don’t have a an air horn) and off we went. Upon arrival at the tip, JD backed the truck up to the appropriate site and showed me how to open the tray #importantlifeskills. He jumped back into the truck to disgorge the load of mixed building rubbish. It was a bright sunny day, late in the year and a gentle breeze was blowing, the tip is surrounded by bushland and really, it’s quite pretty.
As JD tipped the tray and rubble began to slide out, the breeze picked up just a little and that’s when I realised that I was downwind and about to be covered head to toe in dust. I quickly but calmly tried to reposition myself away from the rapidly approaching dust cloud, only to look up to see JD – in air-conditioned comfort – red-faced with laughter as he watched my rapid retreat. Ah romance!
Speaking of romance, did you know that Australians currently produce more than 2100kg of solid waste per person, every year? Yikes! And I’m guessing it’s more if you’re currently doing a renovation or building project. Kimbriki tip, on Sydney’s northern beaches (#secretromancelocation) handles about 220,000 tonnes of that waste and is a very impressive operation – nothing like the smelly tips and transfer stations that I remember from my childhood. Covering 100 hectares, Kimbriki actually recycles about 80% of the waste that is delivered (by more than 200,000 customers (both businesses and households)) each year. In line with their environmentally friendly approach, there’s a fabulous shop on-site where you can purchase a huge variety of recycled building materials such as timber, doors, sinks, bricks and masonry. And some clever people have created beautiful sculptures out of materials taken to Kimbriki that are on display around the site.
Getting rid of rubbish isn’t cheap and JD often finds that customers are surprised at the cost. However, charges can be reduced if you’re meticulous about sorting your rubbish – bricks and masonry for example can be easily recycled, while mixed rubbish goes straight into landfill and is priced accordingly (about 12 times as expensive as masonry). Vegetation and metals should also be kept separate and TVs and computer equipment are actually free. The tip does take securely-wrapped asbestos for a price, but you’ll never guess what the most expensive item to take to the tip is. Mattresses. That’s right, mattresses. Who knew?
Do you try to minimise the waste your family produces?
Have you done demolition or rubbish removal yourself?
What’s the most romantic surprise date you’ve ever been on?