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As a single person I generate very little trash. I may have 1-2 bags (13 gallon kitchen size) of trash each week. I am paying between $60-$75 every 3 months for this. So, with figuring 24 bags of trash for a 12 week span at $60.....my per bag charge is $2.50! And that's on the low side.

I do own a home, so on occasion I do have yard waste, but that is usually very minimal as I don't have a lot of landscaping and not many trees and bushes. Trash service in my city is not required, but they are working on having city-wide service which would be $20 a month charged to your water bill, so everyone that pays a water bill would be required to pay for trash service.

I have tossed a few options around as far as what to do with my trash. I have contacted the trash company to see if they have any options for people in my situation...like less frequent pick ups or a smaller container for a cheaper price. The only thing they did offer was to decrease the charge for my current service. This is the 3rd time that I have received a rate reduction...although by the time I am due for another rate reduction, the price has jumped right back up to what it was before....pretty useless if you ask me.

My parents are willing to let me dump my 1-2 bags of trash with them pending they have room in their trash can (and they usually do). Also, they have recycling service which gives them rewards based on the pounds of stuff they recycle. So, my additional recycle would cut down to maybe 1 bag a week of trash and the rest recycling.

Other things that I have considered...if I do go the route of buddying up with my parents, then I would need to purchase an outdoor trash can so that I don't have to keep stinky stuff in the house. I already have a small trash can that is acceptable for the recycling items.

Has anyone else quit using trash service or does anyone else have any better ideas?
 

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I have contacted the trash company to see if they have any options for people in my situation...like less frequent pick ups or a smaller container for a cheaper price.

Has anyone else quit using trash service or does anyone else have any better ideas?

Since the trash people didn't help........create your own program....
they don't need to know what/why you do it.

YES...........I cut my service EVERY WINTER. Usually stop it about the first part of Oct. and will start it back up again anywhere from first of March to May 1.

I call them and put it on vacation!! (they even told me to have fun "down south" when I called this year............YEAH, RIGHT!! IN MY DREAMS!)

Without yard waste (weeds mainly as I have a compost pile)....I have about one bag a week............I refuse to pay the price.

While not having service I keep ANY food item.......food scraps that can't go in compost, meat trays, etc.------separate and a friend will take them.

I continue to keep all the recycle stuff and those DO get full......but I get rid of them 'eventually' in the spring.

The weather and my lawn/garden TOTALLY DICTATE when I start it back up in the spring. I wait until I have about a 10 bag (or more) backlog of weeds so I can fill the can once a week!!! But I have a fair amt. of room to keep the items too.

Have saved a LOT of $!
 

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YES...........I cut my service EVERY WINTER. Usually stop it about the first part of Oct. and will start it back up again anywhere from first of March to May 1.

I call them and put it on vacation!! (they even told me to have fun "down south" when I called this year............YEAH, RIGHT!! IN MY DREAMS!)
Good idea. I just can't justify this expense anymore.

I have about a month until my paid service runs out. I better look around and see if I have anything that needs thrown away now.
 

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Our trash service was $150 every 3 months...We quit using them and purchased a dump pass for $60/year! DH loads the car up once a week...The only down side is that we have to double bag the garbage cause it has to go in our trunk..we dont have a truck...still a huge savings...
 

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Yes! you can do it.

For our household of 2 we generate 1 t-shirt bag of trash per week.

We recycle and compost. Eggshells, vegetable matter go to the compost bin.
Cardboard, glass, metal, plastic (yogurt cups), styrofoam, newspaper, mail (envelopes, catalogs etc.) go to recycle.

it's a little effort that goes a long way for us.

Hope this helps.
 

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I have about a month until my paid service runs out. I better look around and see if I have anything that needs thrown away now.
That is what I do during the summer months too........have cleaned out things in my basement and all sorts of stuff.

I want that can FULL when it is picked up!! :laugh:

I have been outside at almost dark picking weeds for the trash!
 

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My Mom was able to cut trash service by burning all paper products - using it as kindling, etc, composting food for the garden and sending other trash in to town with my brother who works at a hotel. He throws any trash in bags away in the dumpster there maybe once a week.
 

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Would do it if I could. Our trash pick up is part of the water bill
6.07 for the garbage and 3.81 for the recycle. 9.88 a month is not really all that bad I guess. We are a family of 4 and do produce a bit of trash and recycle stuff.

The city has just passed out these big trash cans on wheels for the garbage and one just like it for the recycle stuff. They can hold quite a bit of stuff each.
 

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Ours is part of our HOA dues, so I'm not even sure how much it is here. We have a recycling program that does the same as your parents' (RecycleBank).

Since the city doesn't require trash pickup, does that mean there's a county/city dump/landfill you can go to? Where my mom lives, there are drop-off stations for trash and recycling. They can also go to the dump. Household trash (the normal stuff) is free, larger stuff (think appliances, furniture, metal, etc) has a charge associate.
 

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Since the city doesn't require trash pickup, does that mean there's a county/city dump/landfill you can go to? Where my mom lives, there are drop-off stations for trash and recycling. They can also go to the dump. Household trash (the normal stuff) is free, larger stuff (think appliances, furniture, metal, etc) has a charge associate.
Yes there is a dump, but I'm not sure where it is. I know they do charge by the load there.
 

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I don't have any idea where our dump even is. We burn all of our paper and cardboard in the wood stove, and it helps but let me tell ya...if the lid of the trash can does not close by so much as a fraction of an nth they charge us for an extra can. But they can empty only half the can and that's OK? Not! My DH called them back out here to finish emptying it so many times that they now take extra care not to leave any in the can. We have a friend who discontinued his family's trash service and makes regular trips to the dump. As long as you have somewhere to keep it in the interim that doesn't stink real bad, I think it's a good way to cut the household expenses. I'm just surprised more cities haven't gotten wise to this idea and made trash service mandatory!
 

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We take things to the dump, once, twice or three times a week (dump is only open 3 days). There is a minimal fee for things that the town has to pay to recycle and/or get rid of, (oil, electronics, appliances, etc.) but aside from that, it's free. We have mixed paper, trash, aluminum, batteries, packing peanuts, tin cans, mixed metals, a swap shop, leaf dump, wood heap, and oil recycling, it covers almost everything!

When I was single, I was a nanny for a friend. I'd take my 1 bag a week and add it to hers, like your parents. Clean bottles I hauled to the local college, that had a glass blowing program.

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I refuse to live in town, our village has a contract with a trash company and they charge almost $5 a bag! If you live in the village limit you can't have any other trash service. We on the other hand don't pay a thing in the country. Our landlord has a friend who owns a local company and he picks it up for free. We live across from a recycling station and I burn all papers that have any personal info on them. Yard waste is handled by landlord. I will admit I get lazy sometimes and don't recycle, but at the same time they have people who's jobs are to sort the trash for recycling, so I don't feel too bad about it.;) I say if you can add yours to your parents as long as they are willing, go for it.

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We have city trash now and recycling now and am not even sure how much we pay, but it did go up once it went to the city. In our previous home we split the trash expenses with a neighbor and put the cans in one driveway. Neither of us had a whole lot so we didn't really feel like we were cheating.
 

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my mom used to share with another single neighbor until the city did mandantory trash and recycle and reduced the size of the cans.

Our neighbors do not have trash pick up and every so often they burn it... it smells and smolders YUCK and I worry about rodents
 

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Our city does not allow open burning of anything--leaves, trash,etc. Trash pick-up (by the city) is required and it costs $10 a month.

That $10 includes both a full size trash can and recycling bin, both with lids. Trash is picked up weekly, and recycling is picked up every other week. It's billed on the water bill.

I think that's a pretty fair deal, but if our life situation was different, I would certainly try to find ways to cut the cost.
 

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I posted this same question here about 15 months ago and I have not had trash service since. Here are some pointers:

1) Clean out EVERYTHING before your service runs out.

2) Recycle. We have three bins which we recycle most of our stuff. Our city has recycling dumpsters at the local park. I usually drive there on the way to work bi-weekly.

3) The biggest problem we have is cat litter (7 cats). They make flushable cat litter.

4) We use old grocery bags for actual trash, and put them in the trash cans we used to use for service. We get gas weekly, and just take those grocery bags with us and dump them at the station. We have maybe 2 on a bad week.

5) Don't buy anything without keeping in mind how it is going to be disposed of.

6) Compost, rain barrel, etc.

7) I've considered talking to our neighbor about splitting the bill. But I cringe when I see them maxed out on garbage every week. Also if you don't get along with your neighbors don't consider, they'll watch for you dumping into their trash.

8) Cook from scratch and don't buy takeout food or order pizza. Pizza boxes are a pain in the ass to dispose of, as many recycling programs specifically exclude pizza boxes.
 
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Our city does not allow open burning of anything--leaves, trash,etc. .
My city doesn't either...........BUT.........what about the 'backyard fireplaces'?

Had a neighbor, a few doors down, that was burning old mattress padding in them last summer, as his garbage would get filled up.........they were running a business out of their home. (and selling them for NEW on CL, I might add!!) Thank god they moved........the wind blew 'my way' in the evening and it sucked!
 
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