There are a number of places around here where the city dumps the wood from trees they cut down around the place. Anyone can go and get this wood. There's even a website you can check to see how much of what kind of wood is at each of the stockpile areas.
Most of the time there's a smallish pile of chopped limbs and small branches at the one nearest to town a it is picked over pretty quickly just because it's convenient.
Today S and I went for a walk and went past the woodpile.
It was like rush hour!
(very bad picture courtesy of not being able to see the screen on my phone as I took it.)
I counted 9 k-trucks with men piling them sky high with wood.
At 10:30 am on a week day.
I was so surprised I took a picture to show K (and suggest he join the rush!)
He said it's a bit of a problem at the moment.
There's a woodfire boom on at the moment and the local cable tv station keeps running programmes about how fabulous they are.
A secondary industry has now popped up- firewood sales.
And it's the men running these businesses who are clearing out the woodpiles quick as they are stocked.
The city gives the wood away and there is a caveat that it's for personal use only but K says the check is just a 'Is this for your use?' question and noone asks what your occupation is.
You are only allowed one k-truck of wood at a time but there's nothing to stop you unloading and coming back for more.
Honestly, we get most of our wood 'delivered'- the local apple farmers just drop it in the driveway and we have more than we can use so it doesn't affect us personally but I just think it's a bit disappointing that people are abusing the city's good nature like this.
I mean after free firewood greed what next? Incorrect rubbish sorting? Skiving off road cleaning duty?
It's a slippery slope I'm sure!