Thursday, May 24, 2007

Why Do People Throw This Stuff Away?

I have to admit: I don't get it. Why would someone throw away something as basically useful and necessary as a kitchen trash can? I found each of these in the trash within just a few houses of where I live, over the course of just a few months. Each time, I assumed that it was broken or cracked, but I went to check it out anyway, because I'm always on the lookout for trash cans in which to pile up my 'green waste' (yard clippings, tree limbs, leaves, etc., that the city turns into compost). But each of these trash cans is fine. I just kept piling them up in my garage, and yesterday I gave them a pretty perfunctory cleaning, and so here they are: 3 perfectly good trash cans. Each one is made by Sterlite, which says something about just how ubiquitous their plastic products are. So, what do you think? Why do people just throw stuff like this away?

25 comments:

Robinson said...

I think that the people who threw these away probably replaced them with one of those fancy metal trash cans with the foot petal that you open them with. I think it also says how cheaply something like a Sterlite trash can be had; when they get dirty people just throw them away because you can get another one so cheaply it's not worth the time to clean it or to keep it clean to begin with. We live in a throw away society.

Celeste said...

Unfortunately, in my neighborhood it is more likely that these got replaced with the same cheap, plastic cans. I agree - we make things so cheaply that we can all afford to treat everything as if it is disposable.

Anonymous said...

Because they bought a better/different one I guess. It's a shame that they couldn't at least be bothered to bring it to Goodwill or something.

Celeste said...

Although, since they were dirty, the Sal Army probably would have thrown them away themselves. I think that Sal Armies get so much stuff that they can't begin to put all of it in the stores.

Le-Chat said...

OMG, you are just like me. I never ever in my adult life bought a plastic houshold item like this, because I know they come for free in the trash, varying from buckets to laundry baskets. If you care, take a look on my blog under 'cheap things'. It is beyond me why they are thrown out, but I think it's a disgrace.

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