I have to put my trash container at the edge of the road twice a week for
the trash service to empty. Sometimes, like today, the wind eventually
blows it over before the truck comes when the container is lightly loaded.
Then I have to remove the container including trash in the hope things work
out better next time.
This has become more of a problem this year when the number of windy days
with strong winds have increased all this year.
Ahhh! You see my question coming!
How can I prevent this problem without putting a bunch of bricks in the
container when I have only a small light amount of trash? I suspect it's
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
I was thinking (before you posted this) that you already had a wheeled
tote supplied by the refuse collection company. Regardless, even they
will tip under the circumstances you described.
I would look to just securing the top of the can so that IF it does tip,
the contents will remain inside. Just use an elastic band with the hooks.
Let the collector right it and dump it. The nice thing about the
wheeled totes provided is that once they do tip over, they don't roll;
unlike the traditional garbage cans.
On 2015-11-13 11:52 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
Depends on the area, here, the garbage guy will drive right past a
tipped over bin, they never get out of the vehicle, the trucks have a
mechanical arm, that goes out from the side of the truck grabs the bin,
raises it, and tips it into the truck,then they put it back down and off
to the next house.
If you don't like the other answers, build a little box to put the
container in. One foot high is probably enough, 2 foot is for sure,
and it doesn't have to have walls, just a ridge around the top. Like
a cup holder.
If you dont have a tree or post along the curb, put a 4x4 post in the
ground. Then use a bungie cord to attach it to the post or tree.
however, if your trash service guys dont touch it with their hands,
they'll rip the bungie cord or do other damage with their power lift.
If you put bricks in it, they will dispose of your bricks too.....
I'd strap down couple bricks inside the bin at proper positions and it
won't fall out when trash is dumped by the machine. We deal with 3 bins,
one for trash(black), one for recyclable(blue), one for organic waste
like kitchen waste(green) once a week.
Our "cans" (containers) are large plastic beasts (85G?) with wheels
on back (sort of like a built in hand-truck) and a lid that is
also hinged along the back edge. We have one for trash and another
(same size, different color) for (unsorted) recyclables.
On windy days, the lids can fly open. For the trash container,
this is usually not a problem as we have our trash in plastic bags
within the container so they're not going anywhere.
But, the recyclables container often has loose sheets of paper
(newspapers, first class mail, stuff I've "printed out", flyers,
etc.) that can make a real mess once the wind takes hold of them.
If I know it is going to be exceptionally windy and can afford to defer
collection for another week, then I'll usually take that gamble.
Otherwise, a few "large stones" (the size of two fists) placed on
top of the lid near the front edge hold the lid down in all but
the most insane storms. When the truck comes along to lift the container
and dump its contents, the rocks naturally slide off onto the end
of the driveway as it rises and starts to tip (which opens the
hinged lid and dumps the contents). When I retrieve the container
at the end of the day, I pick up the rocks and toss them into
a corner of the yard (our yards are typically crushed stone, here,
so a few larger rocks don't really look out of place).
I always lay mine flat on the ground, with removable top visably closed.
Been doing that ever since racoon started tipping it over. The trash man
just let's lid on ground somewhere. If the wind blows, sometimes the lid
will fly away.
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