Sunday, November 23, 2008

More de-cluttering and garbage........

Well I seem to be on a roll at the moment. We have had a box of old paint cans etc, that needed to go to the recycling/tip facilities. We also had four old computers, three monitors and an old photo copier down the basement. All were old and not worth upgrading or repairing. So we decided today was the day to get rid of it all.

It cost us an $8 disposal fee, but it was so worth it. We were not allowed to put any of those things in our regular garbage.

We are only allowed to put out two garbage bags a week. We normally have a large grocery bag of garbage a week on a normal week. We put out our blue box on a weekly basis

This is what we are allowed to put in there We also have a grey bin that we put paper products in.

We also have a Green bin:


We put all food waste in there, here is a link to what we can and cannot put in the bin. We also have yard waste collection though that varies depending on the time of year. I know this next week is the last yard waste pickup until next spring. We MUST put yard waste in paper yard waste bags or open top containers.

Overall I must say I am happy with the system we have got. Also me and my neighbours put garbage on one another's lot's when we have more than our two bags. As if you want to put out more than two bags of garbage you have to buy garbage tags at $1 a piece.

In the summer I usually give the garbage men a can of pop or a bottle of water when I see them, as honestly working in the heat and with the smell must be awful.

Are you happy with your garbage pick-up?

11 comments:

Lakeland Jo said...

Our system now- we can fill one grey wheelie bin every two weeks, and one green garden every two weeks. We recycle glass and tin in one blue crate, and paper products ( no card, no envelopes) in a separate blue box. These are collected every fortnight along with the garden green boxes. Two frustrations: in the UK increasingly people are fined if they put the wrong thing in the bins, or put too much in the bins. This includes the elderly. There are no schemes which allow you to pay for extra capacity- unless you pay for a private company to take all your rubbish which is becoming increasingly popular (but no discount on your local taxes if you do this of course).
Secondly- we have just heard on the news that there is now an excess of recycling material piling up with no where for it to go. The recession means that private companies aren't buying it so it might all just be lumped in with the rest of the trash heaps. Sigh.

Twisted Fencepost said...

We don't have trash pick-up here in rural SC. We have what are called Convenience Centers. They have bins for trash and recycleables.
Each are labeled. We take the trash to the centers and place them in the appropriate bins. They are county owned and usually retired people run them on a part-time basis. Only open 5 days per week. It's pretty convenient. And we don't have to worry about what we can or cannot put out by the curb.

Anastasia said...

You've been tagged.

cheshire wife said...

We put household waste in a black bag every week then on alternate weeks we recycle plastics & cans(pink sack) then paper & cardboard (green sack) which is OK but paper in a plastic sack can be heavy - a box would be better. Once a month we recycle glass & batteries and alternate weeks a garden waste bin is collected - but only once a month in Jan, Feb & Dec. As we have a large garden the garden waste collection is inadequate but we are not allowed to buy an extra garden bin. It could be better.

Cherie said...

They are working on getting us a green box program and I cant wait! Because I live in a neighbourhood where there are so many in a small place I cant have a composter so most of my food waste goes in the garbage

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wel I live out in the country. We have no garbage service . We have to take our garbage to a huge dumpster. It is open 4 days a week , 8 hrs. a day. The dump as we call it is about 5 minutes from our house. It is no trouble as I take it and throw it in when I have to go out for the day. I usually only have 1 bag at a time.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I find it interesting to see what other parts of the world do as far as collecting garbage, thank you for all your comments.

Gill

Denise said...

We have trash pick up twice a week, on a Monday and Thursday, and during the gardening months there is also a pick up for yard debris on Wednesdays but that stops in the winter for obvious reasons. On the Thursday is also a recycling pick up. We can put all of our recycling in one blue bin. We pay for all of this in a quarterly bill that comes from the Home Owner's Association. They charge an arm and a leg but it does mean that we can get rid of things pretty quickly on a regular basis. We don't generate a lot of trash it being just the two of us.

Expat mum said...

I have been following British rubbish and recycling antics for a few years now. it brings a lot of joy! Fined for this and that, secret cameras to see what you're throwing out etc. It sounds like your neighborhood could be going this way Gill. Here in Chicago it's brilliant. I could put a sofa out there and they take it away. The only thing I have to worry about are the rats gnawing through the bins and spilling the whole lot out!!!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Our system is similar to that of Lakeland Jo's. As we're trying to de-clutter also B often makes a trip to the local 'tip' which is only a couple of miles from us.This is sectioned off into areas for different types of waste and is extremely well managed.

Sorry you had problems getting into my blog Gill - no explanation - but I was having similar problems with another site a few days ago.

A x

Evelyn said...

we are allowed unlimited black garbage bags pick up per week but no large pieces of furniture etc. i am not happy with our recyclable pick up. we only have pick up once a amonth and my basement gets so full (i have a teen and pre teen, go through alot of plastics, cans and paper). can't leave that kind of stuff outside and we don't have a garage.