- the mailman he's got a govt pension and health care. But the day
- need to haul your hot water heater and ratty old couch out to the
- curb, that garbage man will remember your gift.
Where I live all it takes is a call to WM and they'll pick up the HWH,
couch and most appliances free of charge. The only thing they charge
for is anything that contains a refrigerant and for those they also
send a separate truck. I doubt any amount of a tip to the Thursday
morning person who empties my can is going to get him/her to toss an
old freezer into the back of the truck.
That's not to say I don't give the Thursday morning person a gift for
the holidays. On the other hand, it's not always the same person every
Thursday morning. The turnover at that level of the business is huge.
Whoever is lucky enough to be my trash-person during Christmas week is
the one who gets my gift.
BTW - My mailman has been my mailman for well over 20 years. He's
given us a card when each of my kids were born. He's seen my oldest
grow from an infant to an adult with his own home. He congratulates us
when one my kids make the local paper for a sporting or academic
accomplishment and he seems genuinely concerned when a family member
gets sick or hurt. He gives my dog a biscuit if he's out front because
he likes him, not because he's afraid he is going to bite him. Guess
who gets the bigger tip at Christmas - the trash person or the
You are so luckily. Here in the Houston area if the trash men spot a old
water heater on the curb, they contact the city inspection office and they
see if you pulled a permit to have it replaced and if not the trash men get
a reward from the fine. :-(
The only reason i can see that you would choose option #2 is that you like
having clogged pipes and a ruined septic system. Sewers are even worse,
cause of the long horizontal runs they usually involve.
Where I used to live, food waste was not permitted in the trash. We either
put stuff in the disposal or on the compost pile. Composting is a
beneficial way to get rid of a lot of your garbage. No meat stuff though.
Thank goodness the rest of the world doesn't have your philosophy on
waste disposal. If everyone had garbage disposals and used them like
you your city would need a waste treatment plant that would cover half
the county, a staff that would increase equally, and energy costs to
run the plant,.... And who would pay for all that???? I personally
think garbage disposals should be made illegal. If your sink clogged
up then you could support the economy by paying a plumber, or God
forbid, get your hands dirty and do it yourself. Get a garbage can or
If I remember correctly the instructions for our disposal encouraged
small chicken bones and the like as it keeps the blades sharp. I also
agree that it's great for keeping rancid odors out of the kitchen
trash can. It's annoying and wasteful to have to take a half-filled
bag out of the kitchen trash can because it stinks so bad.
-- It's annoying and wasteful to have to take a half-filled
-- bag out of the kitchen trash can because it stinks so bad.
Every household is different. In my case, there are enough people
producing trash that the can is full *long* before anything begins to
stink. The only times that I can recall having to deal with a smelly
can are those times when something old was found in the back of the
fridge. Other than that, the normal turn around for trash going in and
the can being emptied is always shorter than the time it takes for the
can to get smelly.
Yes, so wasteful, my God it's a whole 10 cents for one of those bags!
How about the waste at the treatment plant, when they have to deal
with all the extra crap you;re sending down the drain cause you're too
lazy to take out the garbage.
Oh, and for the record, unless the garbage happens to be something
exceptional, like fish, it doesn't smell for a couple days until it's
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