Our city provides large garbage cans, about 4' tall and 30" square. Full,
they can weigh up to 200 pounds, especially if we fill them with heavy ice
plant. Our home is located at the bottom of a fairly steep driveway (50' in
length). We have three of these black cans for household garbage and
I am getting on in years (80 YO) and find it hard to roll these monster cans
up to the curb for pickup by the garbage truck. I have tried tying them (one
at a time) to the hook for my trunk lid inside my trunk.
The problem is, the cans meander something awful when I pull them up the
hill with my car, to the point where I am afraid they might tip over
sideways. I have used heavy rope and also bungee cords. Same problem.
Any better suggestion, anyone? Thank you.
Jeez, for an 80 year old you aren't too swift. 80 years of life
experience, wisdom, and knowledge. One would think you'd know better.
They're not going to drive the "monster" garbage truck down a 50'
driveway! Hell, the truck would pretty much fill the entire driveway!
It's over 30' long by itself.
The garbage man WALKS down the driveway, wheels the cans to the road,
and dumps them in the truck!
On Mon, 03 May 2010 22:52:06 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What I do is open my driver side window and grab a hold of the handle and
drag the garbage can behind me just a few inches away from the car.
Surprisingly, it doesn't scrape against the car and doesn't hurt the arm
(too much). Try it once with the empty can on the way back up the hill and
let us know how it works.
Also some people (who have more money than I do) use a garden tractor with
a yard trailer hitched behind with the garbage cans piled in the trailer.
Also works from a pickup or from an automobile hitch but this might be more
work than you were asking for.
Good luck ... if you find out a better answer, let me know.
We have those cans and the city won't pick them up if they contain "yard
waste;" There's a separate protocol for that.
I recommend piling up the clippings, etc., in the backyard and burning them.
Alternatively, put your yard waste in easier-to-handle plastic bags, put an
empty can on the curb, and discover some clever way to get the bags to the
can (in the back of your pickup, using a wheelbarrow, attaching the bags to
the harness of a (large) dog...
Can you rig up some sort of pulley system, like tenement clothes-lines?
No compost pile? Yard and garden waste shouldn't be going to the
Build an enclosure for the cans up by the road, and take it up one
five-gallon bucket at a time, on a hand-truck if needed. May take a
little relandscaping to make it look right, but if you are still keeping
a garden that big, shouldn't be anything you can't handle.
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