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piston
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Garbage disposal talk!

Post by piston » Sat May 01, 2010 8:27 pm

It used to be that you could throw anything out during "spring clean up" and the local disposal service men would pick it up: furniture, ovens, toilets, rugs, a huge pile of branches, gallons upon gallons of paint and other chemical products, anything! Then, regulation set in! Disposal became so regulated that our garages are filled to the rim with stuff we want to dispose of.

You now have to pay, you see! In my town, I must go to the municipal office and get "tickets" to dispose of what I don't need. If its building material, $$$: 30 dollars. An old toilet, $$$: 20 dollars. Rugs? Cut them up in small pieces, not exceeding 4' X 4', and drive the pieces to the dump for inspection. Paint gallons? They either must be empty or contain dry paint. Branches? Cut them up and drive them yourself to the dump!

As for the more simple "clippings," including bags and bags of dead leafs from my yard, I can either buy expensive degradable bags --which the dump truck will pick up-- or use conventional, "contractor," garbage bags, haul them to the dump, rip the bags open, dump them but keep the plastic, all under the scrutinizing eye of a camera!

Have you got stuff you don't know how to dispose of or you don't care to go through red tape to dispose of?
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Re: Garbage disposal talk!

Post by Madame » Sun May 02, 2010 12:28 am

Yikes! I guess each area is different. This is the deal where I live:

Regular garbage pick-up - can include empty/dry water base paint cans along with typical garbage items. (No yard waste). (Includes dirty disposable baby diapers, yuck. I'm all in favor of using the old-fashioned cloth diapers, even if you want to use a diaper service, but it never killed me to launder my own.)

Recyclables pick-up (don't have to be sorted by type) - paper and plastic, clean metal cans (like from food you get at the store); aluminum cans. No plastic bags or styrofoam, etc.

Yard waste - some areas provide a large vinyl bin and pick it up every 2 weeks; mine doesn't. However, we have a man in the community who will pick it up for a small fee and take it to the dump.

Hazardous materials - oil-based paint, thinners, etc. - can be dropped off for free at a facility owned by the city.

Big items, like furniture, carpeting, etc. -- there is a 1-800-Got-Junk ? outfit http://www.1800gotjunk.com/ nationwide, worth checking out if you have a huge accumulation.

Before this type of regulation, our landfills were a mess, and I agree with the way it's set up now. (You have to experience a massive used tire fire to really appreciate it!)

Good luck.

piston wrote:It used to be that you could throw anything out during "spring clean up" and the local disposal service men would pick it up: furniture, ovens, toilets, rugs, a huge pile of branches, gallons upon gallons of paint and other chemical products, anything! Then, regulation set in! Disposal became so regulated that our garages are filled to the rim with stuff we want to dispose of.

You now have to pay, you see! In my town, I must go to the municipal office and get "tickets" to dispose of what I don't need. If its building material, $$$: 30 dollars. An old toilet, $$$: 20 dollars. Rugs? Cut them up in small pieces, not exceeding 4' X 4', and drive the pieces to the dump for inspection. Paint gallons? They either must be empty or contain dry paint. Branches? Cut them up and drive them yourself to the dump!

As for the more simple "clippings," including bags and bags of dead leafs from my yard, I can either buy expensive degradable bags --which the dump truck will pick up-- or use conventional, "contractor," garbage bags, haul them to the dump, rip the bags open, dump them but keep the plastic, all under the scrutinizing eye of a camera!

Have you got stuff you don't know how to dispose of or you don't care to go through red tape to dispose of?

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Re: Garbage disposal talk!

Post by RebLem » Mon May 03, 2010 1:29 am

Sounds to me like getting a composter would go a long way toward solving your problem and meeting your community's green expectations.
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Re: Garbage disposal talk!

Post by jbuck919 » Mon May 03, 2010 4:54 pm

I have to take even my regular household garbage to the dump, pardon me transfer station. There's no curb pickup of anything in Stony Creek.

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Re: Garbage disposal talk!

Post by Madame » Tue May 04, 2010 4:31 am

jbuck919 wrote:I have to take even my regular household garbage to the dump, pardon me transfer station. There's no curb pickup of anything in Stony Creek.
I suspect that's true for a good part of the country which is either sparsely populated or economically flat, or both.

The entire greater Puget Sound area is so densely populated that there is a huge demand for these services provided by private companies. It's the most efficient and least costly way to dispose of any sort of refuse.

It hasn't always been this way, of course. A trip to the dump was a family thing -- and one we were more than happy to get out of the way. The smell was bad enough ... but a seagull splat could ruin a kid's day. :)

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Re: Garbage disposal talk!

Post by Jean » Sat May 08, 2010 2:46 am

When I was young, my family had a summer home where there was no trash pick-up. We used to beg to go along with my father to take the garbage to the dump. Back then it was just a huge pile of trash and you literally went and dumped yours on the nearest pile.
The place was full of seagulls. Then we always talked him into a stop at Carvel for ice-cream :)

The men (they must have all been in their mid-thirties) used to go on Sat. nights and shoot rats at the dump. A disgusting thing I didn't know about until many years later.

When I bought my first house, I discovered that we had to pay a monthly fee for grabage pick-up. I was shocked. Even more so when I discovered that you had to pay in advance rather than after service was delivered.
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Re: Garbage disposal talk!

Post by jbuck919 » Sat May 08, 2010 7:11 am

Jean wrote: The place was full of seagulls. Then we always talked him into a stop at Carvel for ice-cream :)

I'm sorry, Jean, I have to say it: Garbage out, garbage in.

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