2012年3月8日木曜日

got wood?

Apologies for the lame title. :)

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.

Wow.

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!

3 件のコメント:

M さんのコメント...

I guess it is similar to people flogging scrap metal that people give them for free. Sounds like you are all set with the apple tree wood though.

Gina さんのコメント...

That's really sad, that the men who are taking the wood, for free for home usage are reselling it. That sucks. I'm sorry there's just no other way to put it. : (

I'm glad that you and your family have a good stock pile though.

thefukases さんのコメント...

I don't know, the scrap metal guys are doing a service and we don't have to give them our metal right? Although when the price was really high we cam e home to find a guy parked at the kerb looking in the door of our (admittedly roadside) shed and that was a bit off... I guess I see it more as those people who go around on paper collection day and take all the paper before the city gets there to sell themselves.

I went by the pile on my way to work Saturday and it was gone. Every skerrick. Oh well. What goes around comes around eventually right?