Well, That's a First!
November 19, 2017 11:53am CST
I was on my way to visit my elderly dad when I spotted a kitchen garbage bag, filled to the brim with refuse, hanging from one of the topmost branches of a very tall tree. I have to say I have never seen a plastic kitchen bag that was full of trash hanging from a tree. Of course, the first question that came to my mind was, "How on earth did it get up there?" We have Automated Side Loader or ASL garbage trucks here. Apparently, during the dumping-in-the-truck process, the mechanical arm on the truck lifted the garbage container, and as the garbage from the upside-down container was making its way into the top front of the garbage truck, the high winds made that garbage bag take flight. A powerful gust of wind probably caught that garbage bag, and the bag flew through the air until it became hooked on a high branch on a very tall tree. The next thought that came to my mind was, "That sucker is way up there in that tree. How on earth will they get that thing down?" A ladder will not work since the branch to which the garbage bag is hooked hangs over the street. I doubt anyone around here is willing to climb that tree in order to retrieve that garbage bag. I think the village will have to come out with a fire truck to remove that bag of garbage if it does not fall on its own.
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• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
During last spring winds, i had a plastic grocery bag hanging from my back tree. We could not get it down, and it eventually must have fallen with the fall winds as it is no longer in the tree i noticed a few weeks ago. I have seen garbage bags in the middle of the highway going to my doctors!
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• Gainesville, Florida
A couple of years ago, I came in to work one morning to find one of those 10x10 EZ-Up tents (the kind you use for tailgating) caught in the top of a 50-foot pine tree. There was a thunderstorm the night before, and I imagine a big gust of wind lifted that tent high up into the pine tree. We had to call the fire department out with one of their ladder trucks to get the tent down from the top of the tree. It was quite a sight seeing it stuck up there!
• United States
You really had a huge thing stuck in the pine tree. Not sure how this bag is going to come down, but now that I think of it, maybe the driver of the garbage truck could stand on the top of the truck and retrieve it on garbage day. Sure makes the neighborhood look shabby.
• Gainesville, Florida
@Corbin5 The driver of the garbage truck is probably a union employee, and the union probably frowns upon them getting out of their truck and doing anything other than driving it. And even if that driver could get out and do the right thing, I'm pretty sure he doesn't care one bit about how shabby the neighborhood looks. God forbid people actually care anymore.
• El Paso, Texas
How weird. I've had garbage hit my car because I was behind one of their trucks that was full to the brim but lucky for me it was a couple paper or foam kinda coffee cups. I was on I10 so I didn't stop to retrieve the trash. Since we don't have many trees I doubt this would happen here.
• United States
I would call the trash company and hope they send somebody out to remove it. Several times when I lived in Oregon the fire department would come out and remove items from trees. I lived next to a pole and all kinds of items would end up there including a lot of plastic empty bags.
• Riga, Latvia
Good one. I must say if the bag is not heavy could it have been a crow? The big crows that come into my garden if they don't see that I have put out any food they mess with garbage that I put out the door. I have had garbage bags torn up, whole chicken carcasses snatched etc. I remember one time thinking if the crow that took the chicken carcass drops it along the way some person will wonder how it would up in their yard Now just got to hope in your situation there that the bag doesn't burst. Can you imagine someone getting a garbage shower????