Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Here comes the junk man"

 Here is the Junk Man always with a smile on his face
 Ciejay cleaning out the storage areas  of her saved  plastic and cans
 Sorting it out
Weighing each and puting in Big bags to haul away
In and out and off to another house , hopefully  to get a full truck today

That's a sound I love to hear , for one thing , it cleans out our storage room of all the plastic and cans and paper that Ciejay has saved to sell to the junk man.For Ciejay it brings a smile to her face , she saves the recyclable things to sell to the junk man and she calls it her "hair money" . The little bit of Baht that she gets adds to the (my) pocket change cup that she keeps on my computer table and when it's full it's time to go to the hair lady in the village, to get a cut and wash and style and sometimes even a dye job , ( when the gray comes peeking thru).
Recycling is sooo easy here in Thailand , because the junk man comes around with his truck and weight scales about once a month to buy from the folks, things that he can buy for a few baht per kilo and hopefully sell in the big city to the larger recyclers for a little profit . Some do this as a way of making a living and a few others in Wang Pho, do it for a week-in or part- time job to add to their monthly income or to help make the payments on the new truck or to pay for the building of a new home, that's the case, for one young couple that comes by.
Ciejay keeps her plastic in one bag and cans in another, all neat for the junk man , and me I am just happy to see it saved for a good cause ,and for the good of Mother Earth, the more we recycle and reuse , the less non biodegradable stuff that goes into the land fields and is dumped alone our highways and by-ways to stay forever polluting our land and landscape and adding another eyesore to our beautiful earth, and the area that we call home.
Do you recycle???  I remember in America it was a pain in the neck to do, because you had to have different color containers , and everything sorted out for the garbage men or they wouldn't pick it up and when they did , if it was something that they didn't want  they would just throw it back on your lawn and drive away , and you never saw a reduction on you (very high) garbage bill each month. Things here in are so different and the "JUNK MAN" makes it sooo easy to recycle , I have found it to be so , and I hope if you live in the LOS or in a place where they take recycling seriously that you do all you can to pitch -in and help , If we don't do it WHO WILL??.  Malcolm

7 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Yes we recycle, plastic, paper, glass, cans but we have to take it ourself to the recycling bins in town as we do with all our household rubbish. Imagine being paid for the recyling you have saved :)

kris said...

Aaah yes Malcolm. The re-cyclists. I too look forward to their visit to rid me of all those unwanted recyclable thingos. It is a bit different from my old country where the local Government said "we need to recycle", "yes" we all said "And it will cost you this amount more" said the Government and "you shall do this with all recyclables lest we penalise you further" "Yes" we all said. What a sad, sad life I left behind. On top of all our taxes we were "allowed" 5 free trips to the local garbage depot a year. On my 5th trip the warden said "Next time mate you will have to pay to dump rubbish". I replied "Sorry cobber, you will have to pick my rubbish up from where I dump it on the side of the road".

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

Lindy, well paid not a lot , but it's the thought that counts , and Ciejay is trilled so I love it .

Kris, On the side of the road , SHAME ON YOU ha ha .Five for free thats 5 more than we got .

Martyn said...

Malcolm - Wilai's mother collects plastic bottles and gets a few baht each month when the recycling man comes. When I'm in the village she has the added bonus of beer bottles and cans as well. I guess every sip and gulp helps.

I do believe you have the same microwave as we have. I think we bought it at Tesco Lotus.

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

Martyn , Yes ours came from there too , we got it on sale and have had it for 4 years , NO problems . Can't be without one .
Thanks for the read .

Lindy, Thats just one of the benifits of living in the LOS and here in Wang Pho they pick up our household grabage 3 times a week . I only got once a week in America, and paid a lot . Good for you for recycling. Malcolm

Kris thanks for the read and bringing a smile to my face. Malcolm

Catherine said...

Do I recycle? I separate rubbish when in the UK but not to the same extent in Thailand.

If something can be recycled I put whatever in a different container from the perishables, hoping that it'll be noticed by either the condo maid or whoever meets with the junkman at the side of the road.

I often see him conferring with staff over the condos' rubbish bins so I assume it's a long, established relationship.

A Thai friend asked me to save empty containers for her but my condo junkman would be done out if I did. Also, she doesn't want them one at a time and hoarding in a condo is a pain.

Mark Damaroyd said...

We now have a brand new refuse collection service in our village. The modern truck – complete with hydraulics – does the round weekly. Dotted along the streets are shiny new bins too. Old habits die hard, though. Apart from saving everything possible for the original garbage man, residents have to search around for something to burn! You can’t go without the bonfires.