limit - 1 garbage bag per household weekly

@cher913 (25884)
Canada
June 3, 2009 1:59pm CST
we just had a new law (bylaw) put in place in the city i live in (in ontario, canada) and each household is only allowed to put one green garbage bag out at the curbside per week! it makes you recycle more and fortunately my diapering days are over (which i imagine a source of a lot of waste). we are usually able to do this and have only gone to the dump once (which we have to pay for). how about you? could you only put out one bag per week? i guess its tougher for a large family! (we have 4 in ours).
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
5 Aug 09
We have 2 in our family and I take the trash out about every week and a half and it's just the one bag. It is harder with bigger families but if you work at it I'm sure most could do it. I also think that more ppl would recycle if recycle containers were put out more. We have a place that takes tin but you have to drive out of town, another place takes paper but no plastic. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@carolbee (16233)
• United States
13 Jun 09
That sounds not so much fun! We live in Missouri and our trashcans can hold a ton of trash. We also recycle which is picked up the same day as trash but in a different container and by a different recycle truck. I would have to call the trash company if we had bigger items to see when they would take them. There are times I'd like to put my computer in the trash..lol
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
8 Jun 09
That's ridiculous, why do we have to be told every little move we can and can't make? I'm all for reducing garbage but this is just another way for government to control our lives.
@shaggin (44027)
• United States
4 Jun 09
We have my spouse and I as well as two children that live in the house. The majority of the time we use cloth diapers so it cuts down on that waste. I cut the tops and bottoms off all aluminum cans and then step on the can to flatten it. I step on empty milk cartons and orange juice containers. Any fruit skins like apple peelings or orange rinds get tossed over our back yard bank to decompose. I try really hard and usually can manage to keep the weekly garbage down to 2 30 gallon plastic bags each week. I always tried hard to reduce the amount of garbage we put out as well even before that made it in our town that you can only put 2 garbage bags out each week but since the limit they put in place sometimes its been very difficult to keep the garbage to 2 bags. We don't have recycling around here so I would have to drive 30 miles or so to recycle the items and that would be costly on gas. I'm not sure if they charge you to bring items to the recycling plant or not. The only time that I have a really hard time keeping the garbage to a miniumum is when there is a birthday like one of my children. The toys have so much packaging to them that I wind up with bags of it. I rib the boxes all up and crush down everything I can but all that waste still adds up. So then in our cellar I get backed up on garbage and have to try even harder then before sometimes its impossible. If my husband forgets to take the garbage out for one week it literally takes a month before we are down to the normal amount of 2 bags at the curb.
• Canada
4 Jun 09
When I lived in Brampton the city had a 3 bag limit. That was hard with a toddler in diapers but we manged somehow. Upon moving to Cambridge however, we have found that there are no bag limits. Oddly enough, I still don't go over 3 bags ;)
@sameroad (3180)
• United States
4 Jun 09
we put a bag out per like day... every day theres a bag i have to take out. i don't know how a family can get by on just one bag for a week.. that seems crazy to me. it must be a REALLY big bag. one day last us one day.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I don't think we could, I mean I guess we could if we had too, but it would have to be a really big bag. Our garbage company gives us a large garbage can that holds at least 6 kitchen sized garbage bags. We usually fill it up every week. I do recycle many things too, but we still manage to fill up that garbage can every week. I cook every night and some of the packaging and stuff is not recyclable. What do you do when you do a big clean up, and need to throw out stuff like that? We just cleaned our basement last weekend and threw out 3 huge garbage bags of broken toys. What do you do in a case like that?
@Rustinas1 (440)
• United States
3 Jun 09
No, there's no law here in Maine regarding weekly garbage disposal. We do recycle. We are a family of 5, but 3 of us here most of the time, usually have 1-2 bags a week. Most of the time 1, unless it's been a busy week with company. We pay for the dump by getting permit at the town office. You do have to use the Waste Transfer Station (that's what it's called here)that service your county. Certain items also have a few to have properly disposed of. How abut recycling in your area, cher? There are still landfills around, but they will eventually be converted.
@winterose (39914)
• Canada
3 Jun 09
yes that is about what we use, one garbage bag a week now because we do recycle so it does not change much for us. I think for some people it would be a problem, especially with big families.
@suzzy3 (8357)
3 Jun 09
That seems a hard task for families.Everything will have to be squashed down flat and thinned out.It definately will make people recycle more as they will have no choice,or they will dump on the road side instead.We have wheelie bins one for normal rubbish ,one for garden waste and they are picked up every other week in turn.It works well for us as there are only three of us.My neibour has four kids and even she makes it work now.She does get a larger bin for her size family.If there are no children in the house hold you get a smaller bin.so there are three different sizes of bins for normal rubbish,normally we never fill our bin up over the the two weeks.we also get a green box for paper,tins,foil,The only thing they don't collect is plastic,Which is a shame as plastic is about the only thing we put in our normal rubbish bin.Glass we take to a recycling bin at the supermarket.We have two compost bins in our garden where we put our food waste and garden clippings.The mown grass goes in the green wheelie bin along with card board ,food waste can go in there in winter but in summer we get maggots and they are awful when they emerge from the bin.I think that just about covers everything accept for the clothes which go to a charity shop or friends kids get first dibs.
@txgrl21 (819)
• United States
3 Jun 09
HI cher913! Oh my god! I have never heard of anything like this but I definately know I would'nt be able to do it. I have a 4mnth baby girl, my brother living with me, my mom taking care of my baby during the day, me and my husband all living there. I hope they dont do this in u.s.a! Happy Mylotting!
@ellie333 (21018)
3 Jun 09
Hi Cher, Here in the UK we are encouraged to recycle but at present there is no bag limit in my area but in some area they are bringing in a taging system where you are charged per kilo of waste you through. Most of the time ther is only myself and my son and I can usually just put out the one bag but this week there are two as I have had the girls here over the weekend plus I have been having a sort out. Rather than your bylaw being one bag per household they should consider number of residents per house and allocate how many nbags on that. Huggles. Ellie :D
@savypat (20245)
• United States
3 Jun 09
It would be good to see more cities do this, somehow we mush cut back on waste, we are be buried in our own trash.
• Canada
3 Jun 09
just two in our house and most weeks i put only one bag out. it's rare that we have more than that unless i'm cleaning out closets and so on.