As much as I can.
Beer & soda cans go back for deposit. Tough sometimes to time your visit to avoid the Mexicans or the homeless dudes with 3 black bags of cans . Oh well.
Always. One bin for trash, one for recyclables.
Except during undergrad, because the city didn't do it.
Last edited by Robstr; 04-29-2012 at 02:21 AM.
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We're forced too...
They make the trash bin so small and only pick it up every two weeks you pretty much have to recycle.
Other stuff like plastics
I also take glass to a bin not to far from the house and return bottles (glass and plastic) for the deposit.
I recycle everything I can. I save non-twist off beer bottles for refilling with home brew. Unfortunately my room mate that has trash and recycle duty is lazy as **** and sometimes forgets to take both out for a week, sometimes more, at a time. He is also wasteful so the garbage fills up fast.
It is crazy what Waste Management has done to me!
I cringe when I see someone put a can into the garbage can!
We have 1 20 gallon can for garbage, 1 96 gallon cart for recyclables and 1 96 gallon cart for yard/food waste. With the yard/food waste cart we are able to chuck most of our kitchen waste into it so we barely have any garbage. I can go close to 2 months without putting the garbage can out!
Our WM drivers are awesome and even put my cans/carts back up next to the house after they empty them!
I really wish everyone would update their location in their profile!
Someone buy my car already!!
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I recycle everything I possibly can. I keep a ~10gallon bucket in my room, fill it up with crushed cans (I'm a soda fiend) and plastic bottles, plus old school papers and magazines and such, then it all gets dumped into a duffel and taken to university with me. Quick stop at the recycling center on campus and I have an empty bag, come back again in a week.
Really wish that our local WM contractors or the city (though we're outside city limits) would offer the three-can solution: Organic, recycling and garbage. We'd rarely need the garbage picked up.
The university has been steadily improving its half-assed attempt to promote recycling on campus. Four years ago, it was next to impossible to find a recycle bin, but the signs asking you to recycle and trash bins were EVERYWHERE.
Now, virtually every hallway in the class buildings has a set of four identically sized bins: Paper, Plastic, Aluminum in blue and a black "trash" bin. Some high traffic hallways have two or three sets spaced along the length. They've gone a LONG way toward making it as easy to throw something in the recycle bins as it is to throw it in a trash can; around that same time they also stopped putting small individual trash cans in classrooms, so if you want to throw something away you're going to the same place as the recycle bins anyway.
Some of this I know is driven by economics; the university has to pay to get rid of garbage but gets paid for recyclables. Removing the trash cans from classrooms encourages recycling (by equalizing access) and also cuts down on the amount of work the janitorial staff has to do (fewer cans to empty) allowing them to reduce the staff by a small percentage. There is talk of a program next year to roll out organic waste bins in the dining halls and cafeterias on campus to try further cutting down on the actual garbage generated; our agricultural department wants to set up a hot-compost setup and a digester for ag students to get experience with each. They're also in negotiations with Aramark to get the plates and plastic silverware used in the cafeterias replaced with compostable or biodegradable versions as part of their "Solid Green" initiative.
Where I live, most municipalities fund trash pickup with property taxes. So.....technically it is free to us.
I live in an apartment complex that has a large dumpster at the end of the parking lot, plus a couple smaller wheeled "toters" next to it for recyclables. I made a point of separating everything for a while when I moved in...then one day I happened to be outside when they came to pick up the trash. They tipped the dumpster into the truck first, and then proceeded to empty the toters into the back of the truck, therefore just mixing it in with the trash anyway
Oddly enough, knowing that, I still keep plastic and glass separate and put them in the recycling toters, maybe hoping that one day, they will make it to the right place
We had WM when I was a kid in Ohio. They charged extra for recycling then dumped it in the same landfill as the garbage so we quit paying for it.
Where I live in Pittsburgh it's included in your garbage fee. You just have to get the bins which are a $10 refundable deposit and you can just put recyclables in plastic bags if you overfill the bin so no need to pay for more bins. They take plastic, glass, metals, and corrugated paper all together. Picked up every other week. Simple, and I do it.
When I lived at home in bfe we didn't pay for trash pickup at all. Tossed out food waste in the woods/weeds, took the recyclables to the large, public collection bins, burned everything else we could and then we were left with about a grocery bags worth of "garbage" that we tossed in a family friend's dumpster about every other week. It was amazing how little we sent to a landfill.
my township gives out those huge 65 gallon wheeled containers for trash and recyclables.
i buy my beer in 1/4 kegs,no more bottles and cans (i can go through an alarming amount of bottles in a week,lol)
if it weren't for my cat's weekly litterbox trash,i'd really only need to throw out my food trash once or twice a month.i love recycling
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