September 11, 2007

Trash Day Rant

Justin Katz

After years of bringing my garbage to the town dump in Portsmouth, I actually rather enjoyed not having to go farther than the end of my driveway when I moved to Tiverton. The glow wore off the experience of deceptively free trash collection when my one non-construction-grade barrel was demolished during pickup.

Being a believer in self-directed corrections, I went out and purchased one of those super-heavy-duty (and large) wheeled garbage barrels, and for a while, all was blissful at my curb. Then came the day that I returned home from work to find my garbage still in the barrel, with a note taped thereto highlighting the town's maximum barrel size. So my wife went out and purchased a moderately sturdy (and smaller) wheeled barrel.

Almost immediately, the garbagemen popped a plug out of the lid, resulting in pints' worth of maggots on certain days in the summer. Overcoming an urge to just let the trash collectors deal with it, we taped the hole. Then I found the handle half broken off after collection, and the maggots returned.

Tonight my garbage can has no handle at all. They didn't even leave it for an attempted fix. Perhaps I can opt out and receive a tax rebate...

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Living for a long time in Woonsocket, I was used to city trash collection and actually had no complaints with it. But now that I am in SK and there is no town collection, I have no problem paying for it (about $25/month), because I have been pleased with the company's (RPE) service and I have the option to make a change if I would like to. On that note, I'm happy that SK looks like it will be scrapping the single hauler idea.

Posted by: Jon at September 11, 2007 8:19 PM

Thanks for the heads up, Jon.

Justin, because the amount would be so low, they might consider letting you do that except that, upon further consideration, they would reconsider because it would set a costly precedent for parents who send their children to private school.

Posted by: SusanD at September 11, 2007 9:28 PM

I live in Cranston where they have trash pickup. I've never had a problem with them. Also, I have found that they will literally take anything you leave out, quantity or size be damned. It is the most genreous trash hauling program I've ever encountered. BUt I guess I pay for it too, huh?

Posted by: Josh at September 12, 2007 8:24 AM

Josh, shhhhhhhhhh!

...I live in Cranston too!

Posted by: Noted Skeptic at September 12, 2007 12:16 PM
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