RIP New Brighton Returns Bin

cemeteryIt is with great sadness that we must announce the sudden and unfortunately, violent, passing last week of the New Brighton Library Returns bin.

The bin had not long been emptied on Friday morning when a driver apparently suffered a lack of attention and drove through the Beresford St-Marine Parade intersection and straight into the bin.

The New Brighton Returns bin goes out with a bang. Image from Face book used by permission of Dione Piquette.
The New Brighton Returns bin goes out with a bang. Image from Facebook used by permission of Dione Piquette.

As you can see from this photo taken by a bystander the damage was significant and there was no hope for the bin which was removed later that day. Luckily nobody seems to have been seriously harmed during the accident.

Though it was taken from us very suddenly and this has come as something of a shock to everyone we can at least take comfort from the fact that only a couple of books were lost as a result of the accident and nobody (other than the bin) was injured.

It’s also worth remembering that the bin had a pretty eventful life. As far as returns bins go it had its share of excitements that include having the following items “returned” in it –

  • Pornographic magazines
  • Empty beer cans
  • A small shark

Yes. An actual shark. Presumably put there by a confused fisher person who mistook it for a refuse bin. The bin also suffered on windy days when sand would get blown into it, and apparently there was at least one fire.

Many thanks to the Returns Bin for its many years of faithful service.

New Brighton is currently without a carpark dropbox but returns are still possible using the slot next to the main entrance or via the internal returns.

Customers are advised to please park their vehicles BEFORE returning their library items.

Do you have any remembrances of the New Brighton Library Returns Bin? Please share them below.

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