Why are dustbins called poubelles in French? Round by us they are anything but belles. I know I’ve blogged about this recently, but forgive me if I vent my irritation at the lack of civic responsibility that some of our neighbours seem to show.
The photo above shows this week’s offering at our local dustbins – a used car wheel. What you don’t see, because they are out of shot, are the shards of glass from a shattered window pane that someone just threw on the ground between the bins.
What really annoys me beyond belief, though, is the fact that for two weeks running the special collection of recyclable rubbish has refused to empty the contents of the bin dedicated to that purpose. The sign below indicates that there is so much unacceptable stuff in that bin that they won’t take it away. This is the third time in six weeks that such a notice has been hung onto that bin. This week it was full of old plywood, builder’s rubbish and countless items that don’t belong there.
Do the people who abuse the bins care? No, clearly they don’t give a monkey’s. However, we all pay in the end. Our taxes foncières and taxe d’habitation increase inexorably every year, partly because people can’t be civic minded enough to put their rubbish into the correct bin or to take it to the local rubbish tip.
And don’t tell me that this is foreign gîte owners/renters doing this. We are way out of the holiday season. Selfish, inconsiderate people do this who think the world owes them a living and why should they bother to follow the rules?
Next week I am going to the Mairie and I’m going to ask them to remove the recycling bin from our immediate neighbourhood. It is simply abused and je n’en peux plus.
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