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      04-28-2012 11:02 PM #26
      I do but I don't generate a lot of trash since I live alone. I haven't put either bins out for a week or two sometimes.

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      04-28-2012 11:04 PM #27
      Fort Worth has a great program.

      You get two big wheeled containers -- all your trash goes in one and all the recycling goes in the other. You don't have to sort.

      We just keep two containers in the kitchen. We put the recycling out at the street every week but usually only put the trash out every week or three (or earlier if it gets rank).
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      04-28-2012 11:16 PM #28
      I'm a recycling Nazi, and I'm always yelling at my wife and kids about it.
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      04-28-2012 11:20 PM #29
      I do not recycle, only because London's recycling program is stupid as hell. You have to separate your paper products from food/beverage plastics and then your normal trash in other bags. F that mess, everything in the same bag- done.

    5. 04-28-2012 11:28 PM #30
      Wait, some of you pay for garbage removal?

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      04-28-2012 11:35 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by 09vdubgti View Post
      Wait, some of you pay for garbage removal?
      I get a bill from the city for trash/recycling and water. It's $50-70 depending on how much water we use.

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      04-28-2012 11:37 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by 09vdubgti View Post
      Wait, some of you pay for garbage removal?
      Pretty sure most people do.

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      04-28-2012 11:38 PM #33
      most of the time. Especially when it comes to beer bottles, beer cans a and liquor bottles. Nice to go cash them in for a case.

      we often have more recycling than garbage at my place with my roomates.
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    9. 04-28-2012 11:38 PM #34
      Well water I understand, but garbage, I always thought that, that was what your city tax was for.

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      04-28-2012 11:41 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      We recycle more than we throw away, at least as far as volume in the bins. Our recycling is picked up once a week, trash twice per week. We only put our trash out on nights when the recycling is also done.
      Oh and our recycling is single stream, all in one bin. They take almost all plastics too- if it has a triangle it for in.

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      04-28-2012 11:46 PM #36
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      04-29-2012 01:17 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by pentaxshooter View Post
      As much as I can.
      Yep. I really try to recycle as much as I can. Stuff like plastic bags are hard on the recycling sorting machines but you can bring them (and some other tough to recycle things) to New Seasons stores here and drop them off in different bins.

      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.
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      04-29-2012 02:09 AM #38
      We easily recycle more than we throw away. Probably 2-3 times more.

      I keep the cans for myself and sell them for scrap. Scrap aluminum isn't worth much these days but it's usually 15 bucks the wife doesn't know about.

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      04-29-2012 02:17 AM #39
      Always. One bin for trash, one for recyclables.

      Except during undergrad, because the city didn't do it.
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      04-29-2012 03:51 AM #40
      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.

      We have:

      General garbage
      Compost
      Paper
      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.
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      04-29-2012 05:37 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Papa Dras View Post
      That's the thing with you NWers. You get big recycle bins and they make it easy on you. We checked with numerous trash companies and we get these 5 gallon baskets that don't hold crap.

      It's weird, you'd think CO would be all over this.
      That is odd, anymore. I use the old 15gallon bin as a temporary bin right outside the garagte door before dumping it into the big bin outside. Just as big as the trashcan, but they only pickup every other week.

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      04-29-2012 05:41 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by 09vdubgti View Post
      Wait, some of you pay for garbage removal?
      You're paying one way or the other unless you don't pay your taxes. Here they call it a "fee". Yeah, okay...

    18. 04-29-2012 10:07 AM #43
      We have a 96 gallon recycling container and a 21 gallon trash container.
      We rarely fill the trash up but even with taking out 2 liters and other useful containers(gf is a sci teacher) we over fill the recycling.

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      04-29-2012 01:12 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by 09vdubgti View Post
      Wait, some of you pay for garbage removal?
      Unless you take it to the dump yourself, you are paying for garbage removal.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Property_tax

    20. 04-29-2012 01:20 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by O_o View Post
      Unless you take it to the dump yourself, you are paying for garbage removal.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Property_tax

      My property taxes don't cover trash service. I pay $67.50 every 3 months to an independent contractor to pick up my trash, and I live in town.

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      04-29-2012 01:27 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by winstonsmith84 View Post
      My property taxes don't cover trash service. I pay $67.50 every 3 months to an independent contractor to pick up my trash, and I live in town.
      Which makes me feel like I'm getting ripped off.

      $31 a month, and I'm a single person making 1 person amounts of trash.

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      04-29-2012 01:31 PM #47
      Yeah. We have a huge Ikea shopping bag that we fill with our recyclables then take those to the big recycle thing in our complex every week or so.

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      04-29-2012 01:40 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by winstonsmith84 View Post
      My property taxes don't cover trash service. I pay $67.50 every 3 months to an independent contractor to pick up my trash, and I live in town.
      Yep. The last place I lived we paid a fee every few months for garbage. The town I am in now includes it in city taxes.

      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.

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      04-29-2012 02:29 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by White Jetta View Post
      I'm a recycling Nazi, and I'm always yelling at my wife and kids about it.
      Same here!
      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!
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      04-29-2012 02:46 PM #50
      People pick metal stuff out of my trash bins.

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