Leftovers for Gypsies

Gypsies have a role to play in Yambol, they are the group who feed on the left over of Bulgarian. The have no qualms about this as you see the big wheelie bins being scavenged throughout the day by roving gypsies. Not only adults but whole families who go on Yambol treks on a bin crawl.

Each member of the family donning an improvised holdall for the reusable goods they find. The holdalls are indeed themselves recycled material ranging from a simple used supermarket plastic carrier bag to a large dirty duvet covering often with a branch of a tree to swing it over their shoulder like a blown up version of the seven dwarfs going to work. Plastic, wood, metal, food you name it they have a use for it. The food is usually eaten there and then and sometimes saved by stuffing it in their torn pockets.

They have a very useful role to play in the clean up of Yambol, ironic when you look at their own homes that are shrew with their own rubbish on their doorstep. This is rubbish that has been recycled at least once before and just left, there is no need to spend unnecessary energy moving material that serves no purpose so it stays there.

The extra cost of utility services to take away and dispose of the rubbish the gypsies remove would be a hefty sum so it is with some consolation to Bulgarians that the gypsy community is actually subsidising their household tax by doing this. This is incidental and not a conscious favour to anyone else other than themselves of course.

There are drawback as the gypsies don’t only take the recyclable material for the waste disposed of from Bulgarian households but they take the wheels from the wheelie bins a s well leaving many bins permanently tilted by the side of the road.

I have seen gypsy children ripping the rubber tyres off the wheels only because stealing the whole wheel was too much of a job for them. On one occasion I saw a Lada with a wheelie bin as a trailer, these can't be bought privately!

It's a clean up service they provide that help the environment, but again is incidental to the way the gypsy lifestyle affects. They are not doing this to 'save the earth,' but purely for saving and making money for themselves. Where there's muck there's brass as the saying goes.

It is a fortunate Brit who sees all this going on on a day to day basis living next to the biggest gypsy community in Yambol, it just makes each day even more interesting.


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