Gastines Posted June 16, 2007 Share Posted June 16, 2007 From memory,now fading, in the 50's it seemed that very little was thrown away and the need for recycling didn't arise. Younger members of the family usually ended up with big brothers or sisters pullovers/coats/toys etc. The rag & bone man called with his horse and cart and collected old furniture/iron/ and usually paid a few bob for anything he could sell on. We had 2 large scrap merchants in our area where we could take old papers/rags/bottles and get a few pennies for pocket money. Kilner jars and flip top Corona bottles being a bonus, even aluminium saucepans. It seems that these days we are to be charged for sorting out the packaging and junk that many retailers thrust upon us. I go to the local Decheterie about once a fortnight with 3-4 bins of garden rubbish which the commune recycle into FREE garden mulch but I'm amazed at what even here in Brittany gets thrown in the skips. I haven't delved in yet but have been sorely tempted!! With children today it seems that they must have the latest model of this & that and have to keep up with the rest at school, and not only the youngsters. As soon as a newer version or a bigger one is for sale the old one is ditched. Where is the Rag & Bone man of today, I'm sure he wouldn't have a horse and cart but some super wagon. What CAP papers would I need? I expect there is one.Regards. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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