Hey, let's talk some Trash

@Modestah (11192)
United States
April 12, 2007 9:11pm CST
:) How do you dispose of your household rubbish? do you have a burn pit, or barrel? do you pay for curbside pick-up? Do you recycle most of it and then haul the rest off to the dump yourself? or a combination of any of these? We burn yard debris and most paper garbage, we used to use a heavy barrel that we poke air holes into...but it burned through after a couple years, so now we burn in a pit surrounded by large rocks. I also pay for curbside pick-up $10 a month. There are no recycling programs in our area, but we travel a ways to sell our aluminum cans and such. It is currently bringing 65cents a pound.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
We have curbside pick-up that is included in our City taxes. The city provides every house with one rolling garbage bin. If we have more trash than will fit in the can, we can call for a "bulk" pickup as well for free. Every other week we have small bins that we put curbside with our recycling. I wish more people in our city would recycle, only two or three of the houses on our street ever do. It ticks me off since it is free, people are just too lazy!
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
15 Apr 07
how nice that the city provides it all. our last town we lived in the city provided, but it was added to your utility bill - you did not have a choice as to who you wanted to have the service from nor whether or not you wanted the service. back in the late 80's Utica started a program where you had to pay the city for your garbage bags. Recycling was free. It really encouraged folks to cut down on their waste and to recycle - so as to not use up so many of the bags they were paying $1 - $1.50 each for.
@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Where I live, recycling is mandatory, so we put out our recyclables every other week. As for our trash, we have curbside pick up that we pay for. Our aluminum cans we smash and take to the recycling center where they are paying 65 cents a pound currently. I used to live where we could burn trash, and we had several barrels for other household trash that couldn't be burned, and we would take it to the dump about once a month.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
13 Apr 07
We live 7 miles out of town so we don't have trash pick up like tey do there. We have a burn barrel for all of our burnables. We seperate our tin, glass and aluminum. The tin and glass go to the dump where it gets recycled and we take our aluminum into town where a guy picks it up and pays you a few cents a pound once a month.
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@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
13 Apr 07
We put our trash out at the curb and it's picked up weekly by our township. The cost of the trash pick up is included in our VERY high taxes. We also recycle and that is placed at the curb as well. Recycle pick up is every other week. Our Township does have monthly pick up of larger items. You have to call ahead and be put on their schedule. 1 day a month they come around and collect wood. Another day it will be metal. They will even pick up appliances once a month. But if you don't call ahead and get on the list, they won't pick it up, they will drive right past your house.
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@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I compost any and all veggie scraps, paper, dryer lint. We recycle all plastic news paper, metal. Then we have a trash can for everything else. ANd as a general rule there is never that much. Isn't trash burning really bad for our earth? Not to attack you or anything but it is cause for some concern.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
13 Apr 07
no, burning is not bad for the environment. Well, it depends what you are burning I suppose. Some people burning plastics or chemical containers can really have a bad affect on the soil, the water, the air etc. When you are burning non chemically treated paper the burning can actually be a good for the environment. You are fortunate to live in a place where so much can be recycled. One of the things I miss greatly about living in upstate NY.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I submitted too soon. I personally think land fills are a cause for concern...burying trash that is put in plastic bags that will not decompose for ions...or other trash that will break down into harmful components and possibly affect the food chain and or water supply. Also, the waste department makes use of incinerators as well. The trash has to go somewhere.
@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
We segregate our trash. We sell the bottles, plastic bottles, iron rods and tin cans to junk shops. Daily, they come house to house to buy such junks. Paper garbage were kept in a box to be used in cooking as well as in burning other wastes. Papers are also sold to stall owners selling vegetables and dried fish. We dig up a pit to burn those things
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
13 Apr 07
sounds like an effective system. Is paper a valuable commodity that it is used as fuel, and purchased used as a wrap? I heard recently that a lot of the USA's recycled newspaper gets sold and shipped to china.
• Canada
16 Apr 07
Any food scraps that will decompose we throw out to a compose pile we have out in the back of our house . Papers and things that can burn we burn in a burn barrell and anything such as clothing or toys that someone else might be able to use that we are throwing away , I take to a Charity of some kind that will be glad to have the stuff to raise money or will give it to someone that I know that might like it . All our cans and plastics are but in a blue bag that we put out at the end of the road and pop cans and juice bottles that can be recycled are returned to the recycling depot in our area . Anything else we have goes in a black bag that we put at the end of the road to be taking by the garbage men that come by once a week to cart off to the dump .
• United States
16 Apr 07
In my area we aren't allowed to burn anything. We have to trash it in the garbage. We do pay for pick up. I don't recycle anything. We have to bag all the yard debris and set it on the street for pick up. $10 a month is pretty cheap. We pay more than that. I'm not sure how much at the moment. It takes a lot of cans to collect to get anything for it. I don't drink out of cans much so I don't collect many.
• Canada
13 Apr 07
We recycle our paper cardboard and plastic. We also take our bottles and cans to the bottle bank. The normal household trash we take outside. There are huge garbage disposal bins out the back of the apartment building and we dispose of our garbage into there. This I believe, is collected once a week and a new bin dropped off. There are bins out there for paper, cardboard and plastic too, but it amazes me how many people don not use those bins how they're supposed to be. I've seen one person actually throw a bag of used cat litter into there because the normal disposal bin was "full." It made me sick that they'd do that. Funny how I still managed to fit my three bags if garbage in though.
13 Apr 07
the colchester borough council usually takes care of my household garbage and for this purpose we have to pay them a certain amount of money to the council. i dispose off all kinds of wastes together in the same bin bag, be it plastic bottles or paper bags or whatever. the council takes care of just all the things.
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I live in a town that's fairly involved in a "waste minimization" program. We get curbside pick-up once every two weeks; one standard trash can's worth. If there's more trash than that, we get billed for a "double pickup." There's curbside recyling pick-up once a week-- glass, cans, newspaper, cardboard and various plastics. They also pick up yard waste once every two weeks, but I rarely use it. I have a compost heap on the property where most of the yard waste ends up, along with the most readily biodegradeable kitchen waste.
• United States
13 Apr 07
we have curbside pickup.you have to separate the recyclables from the trash,but there's no charge for removal. there's nowhere to sell aluminum for the public,so that's not an option,and burning trash is extremely illegal.even burning leaves is not allowed. the plus is though we can throw out big objects like matresses and furniture,and they will take that also :)
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I live in an apt currently and we have a dumpster for garbage, 1 for cardboard type recycling and a smaller can-type for glass & plastic. I don't have to pay for it as it is included in my rent. In the town I live & work in, you can only have "controlled burns" if you live outside the city limits. (meaning in the country area not down town) They also have to call it in to the Police Dept so we are aware in case someone dials 911 ref that particular fire. Usually people see smoke and dial 911.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
13 Apr 07
We live in the country but we still have a garbage truck that picks up once a week. We have to haul it down our long long driveway, it's usually my job :) We also have various sites on our property that we label as the "burn pile", we put large boxes, old pieces of furniture, etc. out there to burn with our tree limbs, etc. We have been, or I should say I have been trying to clean up this property since I came out here some 6 or so years ago. It had been let go and I love a pretty place, to me it is a reflection of me as to how I am so to speak. I just don't like a cluttered unkept yard. But it is so big that some of it just has to look bad, I can't do it alone :)