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:
We don’t want one of those, though, for the following reasons:
- We don’t want such a big container sitting in front of our property.
- A container that big would take much too long to fill and thus, especially in a Texas Summer, it would stink way too much.
- Such a container is, at $80/month, way too expensive for us. We would possible take 3 – 4 months to fill it.
- 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:
Today the trash can was 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:
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:
The trash compactor is where the household stuff goes, and, btw, the plastic, too:
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:
Discarded wood is collected here, too:
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:
Isn’t Jesse’s old pick-up truck something? Jesse, btw, is the guy who watched over everything there and collects the fees.