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Old 26.08.2010, 10:06
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Bulky Rubbish Collection Days (Basel)

I think that the bulky rubbish collection days that they've started in Basel are a great idea, but it means the streets are strewn with junk and broken glass for several days afterwards.

The street outside my apartment is disgusting. I'd clear it up myself, but obviously there's nothing I can do with the crap - especially the glass, which appears to have once been lampshades, but is now a scattered hazard.

There must be a better way than just dumping stuff on the street and leaving it there if it doesn't fulfil the requirements of what can be collected that day.

Is it just me that feels like this?
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Old 26.08.2010, 10:16
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Re: Bulky Rubbish Collection Days (Basel)

Must be where you live; I've not noticed any extra debris around after those bulky throw-out days near me (Brausebad) or anywhere I pass through regularly.

I can only assume someone decided to smash some glass near you, or is it like that every throw-out day? They occur 3 or 4 times a year I believe.
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Old 26.08.2010, 10:24
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I can only assume someone decided to smash some glass near you, or is it like that every throw-out day? They occur 3 or 4 times a year I believe.
It seems to have been after each day and not just outside our apartment. There was one yesterday. Alsasserstrasse has old PC monitors, metal table legs, metal bed bases and glass plonked all the way down, and similar on Mülhauserstrasse. There are also two vacuum cleaners abandoned outside my apartment.

Maybe they're a bit less chavvy in Brausebad. We're pretty much all foreigners out our way.
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Old 26.08.2010, 10:30
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Re: Bulky Rubbish Collection Days (Basel)

In our area it seems people know what they can and can't throw out. For example, we never see TVs, monitors, metal stuff etc on the bulk furniture throw out days. They do appear, though, on the correct metal or glass days.

I assume no one in your area reads, or can understand (even though it has pictures) the rubbish schedule we all have, so simply look out their window, see some rubbish on the street, and copy. So if one person throws out the wrong thing, everyone does.
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Old 26.08.2010, 10:38
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Re: Bulky Rubbish Collection Days (Basel)

I think problem varies from one area of town to another. Nothing can beat "Klein-Istanbul" on bulk rubbish collection days:

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Other areas are a little better, but I seem to remember reading that the city government were not going to continue this Free rubbish collection experiment after the current period, so may not be a problem from next year.

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Old 27.08.2010, 08:27
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Re: Bulky Rubbish Collection Days (Basel)

Well, this may soon come to an end anyway... The "free" collection days were a test by Basel. Apparently in the past, there was a charge for the service (i.e. pick up the unwanted items). And according to the Stadtreinigung, this "free" service will end this year. So perhaps, they realizied that this may not have been such a great idea... imagine that...
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Yep, it is only test. What annoys me is that people put out glass, metal and other stuff that is not supposed to be disposed on these days..including TVs!!!
My street had (this week) at least 4 TVs inclluding a huge flat screen (obviously broken) and a neighbor decided to throw away clothes, lamps, 2 TVs and whatnot, stand at the door and sell the stuff to passer-byes...I am happy I am moving
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I'm not sure if you had the chance to notice but if you are out at dusk (or later) the day before, you'll see a bunch of vans and station wagons cruising slowly up and down the streets looking for things to pick up.

To me, your neighbor was just showing good business sense.



Personally, I'm pretty happy that it will be over, exactly because of how much of a mess everything is during. I helped a blind older gentleman pick his way through to get to the tram station earlier this year... bed frames, half-disassembled wardrobes, glass / mirrors as previously mentioned, all creating a dangerous walk way.

To be fair, it seems that most people who put stuff out try to put it out fairly neatly, I blame the "pickers" for making it slide all over everywhere and cause such a mess.
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To be fair, it seems that most people who put stuff out try to put it out fairly neatly, I blame the "pickers" for making it slide all over everywhere and cause such a mess.
True, we disposed of a table, wooden one and it did not occupy space at all is was neatly against a way, disassembled... people going through the stuff though next to it though pah!
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Re: Bulky Rubbish Collection Days (Basel)

You are absolutely right. We have the same problem in our area "Gundeli"
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Re: Bulky Rubbish Collection Days (Basel)

There's a rubbish tip place on the border near France (near Alschwill/sp?/the Vitis sports place) where you can dump stuff at cost. They weigh your car in and out and you pay the difference.

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There's a rubbish tip place on the border near France (near Alschwill/sp?/the Vitis sports place) where you can dump stuff at cost. They weigh your car in and out and you pay the difference.

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