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Trash Collection/Disposal

Living outside city limits, we don’t have household trash collection here. We could have one of these big commercial trash containers, though, like this one here:

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Commercial Trash Container

We don’t want one of those, though, for the following reasons:

  1. We don’t want such a big container sitting in front of our property.
  2. A container that big would take much too long to fill and thus, especially in a Texas Summer, it would stink way too much.
  3. Such a container is, at $80/month, way too expensive for us. We would possible take 3 – 4 months to fill it.
  4. It’s much easier to have that small container at the back porch and not to have to carry every single trash bag from the house to the highway.

One of our friends here had offered to let us share his big one, btw, but he wanted $35/month, and we didn’t want to pay that much.

Thus we have a small trash container [I believe 120 gallons capacity] and take it to the city’s trash collection place ourselves. We pay $2 for our container, and we only need to haul the trash about 2 times a month. So, even if, as it sometimes happens, we have bags full of trash in addition to the trash can, and therefore pay a little more, it’s still way cheaper than one of those big ones. This is what our “private trash hauler” looks like:

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The Escape, the Trailer and the Trash Can

Today the trash can was quite full:

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The Trash Can Is Quite Full

I always secured the lid with bungee cords so nothing will be spilled on the highway, and I also fasten the trash can itself to the trailer so it won’t topple and fall off. It might be somewhat expensive if trash spilled onto the highway, up to $1,000 – if one were caught. There are signs everywhere, like “LITTERING IS unlAWFUL”, “Don’t mess with Texas”, and/or “Drive clean across Texas”.

Today we had one additional bag of plastic stuff:

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A Bag Full of Plastic Trash

Unfortunately, our local Wal Mart store does no longer accept this for recycling. So it will end up in a landfill somewhere.

Our local trash collection place:

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The Local Trash Collection Place

The trash compactor is where the household stuff goes, and, btw, the plastic, too:

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The Trash Compactor

It is, depending on the weight of the trash can, sometimes quite difficult to dump the contents into that compactor, especially as I can’t get very close to it with the trailer. Well, I could try and get closer by backing up alongside, but so far I’ve managed by just pulling forward.

Old tires go here:

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Discarded Tires

Discarded wood is collected here, too:

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More Dumpsters and the Wood Pile

What I don’t understand, though, is why my plastic stuff has to go into the compactor and not into one of those trailers here, unless, that is, they’ll just empty those into the compactor, too, only at some other time.

For cardboard, there seems to be some recycling, as they press that into nicely packaged bundles:

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The Main Building, the Compressed and Bundled-Up Cardboard, and Jesse’s Old Pick-Up Truck

Isn’t Jesse’s old pick-up truck something? Jesse, btw, is the guy who watched over everything there and collects the fees.

12 responses to “Trash Collection/Disposal

  1. Oh how I remember those days in rural Texas where there was no trash collection. Each week we had to make a run to the landfill about ten miles away. I don’t miss those days.

  2. Our trash-pick-up is on Friday morning. We have blue bags for recycle material and orange collored bags for garbage. We buy these bags at the office in town and the town also takes care of the pick-up.

    • Hi Karlheinz,
      Thanks for taking your time to stop by and leave a comment. Maybe Texas is less environmentally friendly than Arkansas? Here in Karnes City/County, there’s basically no recycling. You may be able to sell aluminum cans, but that’s about all. San Antonio tried to introduce some recycling lately, but people are unwilling to have more than one trash can (and pay for it). And they also don’t want a separate can for compostable stuff because of the (possible) smell. Which, of course, with our weather/climate, can certainly be a problem.
      Best regards from southern Texas,
      Pit

  3. It is a shame that many places do not have convenient practical recycling.
    Here on the Big Island it’s getting better but not as good as it will be -someday. The plastic bags go back to the supermarket. Cardboard I set up a small box and all the cereal, crackers, beer packs are folded so it does not take much room and I take it to the recycle, when I drop glass and p. bottles. Reduction in what I buy helps and all the vegetable scraps, coffee grounds go into compost

    • Hi,
      Thanks for taking your time to stop by and leave a comment. So, Hawaii certainly is more environmentally friendly than Texas. Here in Karnes City/County, there’s basically no recycling at all. You may be able to sell aluminum cans, and our Wal Mart will take plastic (bottles) and paper, but that’s about all. San Antonio tried to introduce some recycling lately, but people are unwilling to have more than one trash can (and pay for it). And they also don’t want a separate can for compostable stuff because of the (possible) smell. Which, of course, with our weather/climate, can certainly be a problem. And it would be so easy to separate trash and recycle, as I was used to doing in Germany. But it does need some regulation, I think, and that’s what (most) Americans don’t want. well, we do our best here, but all we can do is collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles for recycling, and all the compostable stuff for our own compost pile in the garden.
      Take care, and have a good one,
      Pit

  4. I have seven types of trash boxes in my garage. They break everything up in UK. Paper, garden, general, glass you name it.

    • That reminds me of Germany. Well, maybe we didn’t have that many different kinds of trash. It was plastic, compost, paper and general trash that was collected at the house. And glass at certain spots in big public containers.

  5. Wow, I didn’t know it would that difficult outside the cities! Very interesting!

    • Hi Sabrina,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yep, it’s really difficult here in rural Texas.
      Take care, and have a good one,
      Pit

  6. Trash collection always seems to be changing around here Sometimes if the amount paid for recyclables goes down they stop collecting them and just dumping them in with the other stuff. If they don’t get enough return on them they won’t bother. With the slowing economy there is less demand for recyclables. There is also the personality factor. I’ve found in this area it depends upon the whether or not the collector wants to be bothered. Where I live there is a community dumpster like the one you show at the beginning. But there are 18 families using it. It’s collected once a week. They used to recycle plastic, bottles, newspaper and cardboard. Now they don’t recycle anything. It all goes into the trash. I found out that the collection company was charging to pick up the recyclables and then selling them on the other end so the people who contracted for the pick up just stopped doing it. It was cost saving to them.

    • Thanks for taking your time to stop by and leave a comment.
      It really is a pity that recycling generally does nit seem to be that important to people here in the US than it is in Germany. I don’t know about the effects of the economy: the German recycling companies seem to be profitable, and I don’t think our economy is that much better off.
      Take care, and have a good one,
      Pit

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