Man Almost Lost Motorcycle After A Kerbside Collection Service ‘Misunderstanding’

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As the kerbside collection service rolled out for The Gap and other West Brisbane suburbs, the public is being reminded that not everything in the front yard is for kerbside pickup.

Read: Brisbane’s Lowest Number of Vehicle Thefts Found in The Gap

This comes after a local from The Gap almost lost his motorcycle to another man who assumed that it’s up for grabs during the kerbside collection service for The Gap earlier in 2023. 

In a Facebook group, the local described the man in a silver falcon ute with a trailer, which already had ‘several’ bikes in it, along with other common kerbside items.

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Whilst it could be a misunderstanding, the local doubted the intention of the man, adding that it’s common sense to know that a registered motorcycle wouldn’t be for kerbside pickup. Besides the fact that the bike sits within his property, it also has a number plate.

Because of the incident, the local was forced to stick a handwritten note on his bike, which reads that it’s “Not for Curbside Cleanup.”

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Getting Items from the Kerbside

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Technically, there are no laws that prohibits anyone from getting items left for kerbside collection. Brisbane City Council did not impose any regulations that prevent people from scavenging off other people’s rubbish.

In fact, several councils throughout Australia encourage salvaging items, which include donating and upcycling to prevent them from ending up in landfills.

Still, it’s common knowledge that a registered vehicle is not something one could get during a kerbside collection service.

If you’re interested in picking up stuff left for kerbside collection, here are a few things to consider to make the adventure stress-free:

Leave things tidy. If you want to put back a certain item, perhaps because you decided that you no longer want to take it home, return it exactly to the place where you found it. To speed up the collection process, Council encourages keeping piles tidy on the kerb.

Be respectful. Technically, an item still belongs to the one who left it there until it’s collected by Council. Hence, as a way of showing courtesy, try to contact the person and ask if it’s okay to bring it home.

Read: Did You Know? Early European Settlers Established the Gap as a Major Food Producer

Don’t break anything. Be extra careful when handling breakable items such as electronic waste and small household appliances. If you feel like a certain part of an item will be good for your next DIY project, consider taking it as a whole rather than breaking it apart.

Published 6-March-2023