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moogstera1 Fri 05-Oct-12 11:37:12

NDN's have gone away for about 6 weeks. They've been gone 2 or 3 weeks.
I've just cut down tons of triffids in the garden and wondered if it would be really bad manners to use their garden waste wheelie while they're away to save 200 trips to the tip.
if the ( very nosy) other neighbour told them on their return will they be pissed off?

pointybird Fri 05-Oct-12 11:38:21

Wouldn't bother me at all

millionlovesongslater Fri 05-Oct-12 11:40:19

It wouldn't bother me as long as the bin was empty from your triphids when I got home.

If you think they might be funny about it, maybe find out when they come back and pop around briefly with fresh milk, bread and biccies and say 'I really hope you don't mind but I used your green bin whilst you were away etc etc'. I'd forgive someone for pretty much anything if they showed up at my door with milk, biccies and bread when I'd just returned from holiday.

bureni Fri 05-Oct-12 11:41:07

Illegal never mind bad mannered, filling their bin is unlikely to prevent 200 trips to the council yard now is it?

DameEnidsOrange Fri 05-Oct-12 11:41:36

What millionlovesongslater said - great idea about a bag of stuff on return from hols

sixlostmonkeys Fri 05-Oct-12 11:41:49

There is no way of knowing how they will react. Do you get on well with them?

I would have no problem doing this with my NDN as we often help each other out this way and when they go away (often in caravan) I always pull their bins out and replace them so that it isn't obvious to others that they are away iyswim. You could always explain this was one of your reasons when they return.

moogstera1 Fri 05-Oct-12 11:42:39

Good idea about milk, bread etc. Thanks.

Namechangegalore Fri 05-Oct-12 11:44:05

I thought triffids were fictional plants...

sixlostmonkeys Fri 05-Oct-12 11:44:44

illegal and bad mannered? How about neighbourly and community spirited?

Namechangegalore Fri 05-Oct-12 11:46:19

Actually you're being silly OP. those plants will just walk away. No need to cut them up or anything.

moogstera1 Fri 05-Oct-12 11:48:27

if they were here I'm 99% certain they would happily let use use it.
We keep an eye on each others' houses and they feed our cat when we're away, so they're not unreasonable nutters.
Bureni: "illegal", really?!

moogstera1 Fri 05-Oct-12 11:49:41

Yes, they will walk away, hence why I need to keep them contained in a bin that has a lid!
Suppose I could just set them off in the direction of the tip

ThreeEdgedSword Fri 05-Oct-12 11:50:21

It wouldn't bother me, in the space of 2-3 weeks the bin would be emptied at least once anyway. When I go on holiday one of my nearby relatives will pop in with the essentials before I get back (grandmother has a spare key), but a bottle of wine is always appreciated if you use my bin smile

kittenspjs Fri 05-Oct-12 11:52:14

it wouldn't bother me.

It bothered my folks enough that they haven't spoken to said neighbours since. sigh

Namechangegalore Fri 05-Oct-12 11:54:52

Yes, give them a map with directions. Although they might not believe in suicide, so pretend you're sending them to a flesh eating party. wink

SchrodingersMew Fri 05-Oct-12 11:55:03

We use NDN's bin practically everytime they are emptied as theirs is always half empty but we take it down and bring it back up (needs to go down loads of stairs) so thought that made up for the fact we were using it. blush

1 bin is not enough for 2 weeks for a family of 6 (5 adults)!

SchrodingersMew Fri 05-Oct-12 11:56:57

Also, didn't realise it was bad manners! Why would anyone be bothered? I mean, what difference does it make? Bin needs emptied anyway and if it's not full it will still need emptied.

financialwizard Fri 05-Oct-12 12:01:52

I would use their bin and pop round with milk/bread/biscuits/tea or coffee and say I hope you don't mind too.

People are so miserable these days if they would get hacked off over something like that, unless they had a neighbour from hell.

YouMayLogOut Fri 05-Oct-12 12:09:17

Do you have their mobile number - could you text them to ask?

purplehouse Fri 05-Oct-12 12:09:23

A bit bad manners I think.

If you do it, you should write them a note telling them that you did and put a box of chocs with it or similar. That way, you are covered if nosy person tells on you.

SchrodingersMew Fri 05-Oct-12 12:11:41

But why the need for chocolates or wine for something that doesn't cause them the least bit of inconvenience? confused

In our case, technically we are doing them a favour by getting the bloody big massive thing down the stairs!

cozietoesie Fri 05-Oct-12 12:28:21

Wouldn't bother me in the least if it was my bin as long as I got back and it was clean and empty. A little note from the neighbours would be icing on the cake.

(Be careful though, OP, to ensure that the inside of the bin is clean. Some people tip in gawd knows what into garden waste bins and they can be left with eg dirt or sludge on the bottom.)

WorraLiberty Fri 05-Oct-12 12:31:42

I did this last week when my neighbours were away and I'll be doing it next week too.

We all use the opportunity to clear out our lofts and sheds in this street grin

Bubblemoon Fri 05-Oct-12 12:34:16

Unless I knew my neighbour well I wouldn't do this without asking first.

nickeldaisical Fri 05-Oct-12 12:34:23

your neighbour probably pays an annual charge for that bin ( they do round here), so if you don't use it , then there's 6 weeks they're paying for and not getting a service.

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