On Mon, 14 Sep 2009 13:04:41 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
I can tell by looking, it's not an option. When they have that,
don't they insist that everyone use it? In fact, don't they get rid
of everyone except the truck driver, who doesn't have to get out of
the truck. Here the county collects the garbage and they have 2 or 3
guys in addition to the driver, who walk along in my townhouse n'hood,
and probably hang on to the truck when they go any distance without
houses. There would be short distances like that, but no long ones I
think, except to and from the garbage depot. Maybe all four can fit
in the front seat?? I'll have to pay attention.
I made a point to put my garbage out close to the street, on this
corner area that is right next to the road, to make it easier for
them. Now everyone near me does that, so they don't have to carry the
stuff from the curb the length of a car parking spot. But they still
go past it and then back up to be as close as possible to 3 or 4
DerbyDad, as to putting the can upside down, I tried that just now,
and I have to crawl on the ground to put something inside. I'm not
sure it will work.
Mike, the truth is I haven't used bags for years. They don't want us
using bags, or even cans with bags but no lids, I thought because the
mice would get at it in the days before it's put out. When it's out,
I've noticed seagulls, I think I saw, pecking through the bags. (This
is Baltimore, which is 60 miles from the sea! But there are flocks of
30 or 50 birds at a lot of big parking lots. Maybe they only come
here on garbage day. )
Of course, maybe if the bags are well sealed, the mice and birds can't
tell what's inside.
No bags allowed? No wonder you have such a stink problem! You must
have to hose out your cans pretty regularly!
I have birds around in the form of crows. As long is the bag is
closed, they don't bother it. Mice can't jump very high (~12"). I
wouldn't be suprised if garbage cans are the height they are just to
keep rats from jumping in.
They're allowed, but we're still supposed to have lids.
We don't have a stink problem.
I throw almost nothing that is wet into it, and if I do have something
that could rot, I put that only in a plastic grocery bag. The can
does get dirty, but not much, and it dries.
Maybe I meant crows. I havent' noticed them lately, so I forget what
they were. The parking lots definitely have seagulls.
Maybe mice aren't a problem. I live next to a stream, with a sewer
following the path of the stream, and there was once a rat in the
front yard. He was tough. I threw shoes at him but he didn't move.
Then I had no shoes.
And I couldn't go to work without my shoes.
I missed him with the shoes, and I think I went back inside for a few
minutes and when I came out, he was gone and I got my shoes. I don't
think he got into the garbage. It's just that I assume the whole
design is to keep out rats., maybe including the height like you say.
In 1970, when I hitchhiked to Costa Rica, a friend's mother let me put
all my stuff in her basement. I bought a galvanized garbage can or
two, and put the clothes in them, so the mice wouldn't bother my
stuff. She probably had no mice. It just occurs to me now, 40 years
later, that I might have offended her. I think I gave her the can
six months later.
It was a raccoon that oncce got in the garbage can, but that was more
than 10 years ago, and I probablay didn't put the lid on well, just
laid it on top. He was something though. I took flash pictures of
him, but the flashes didn't make him move.
Rodents are tough.
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