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Old 09-21-2019, 09:41 PM
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Thats what we call the day when you can put out most of your junk like old furniture, mattresses, and such and they pick up darn near anything. They also allow you to haul truckloads of construction debris to the dump for free. I'm tossing remnants of the old deck.

Unfortunately they dont take electronics (like old tvs), paint, or things with freon. You have to haul them yourself to a specific place.

We only get this once every 2 years. Many people also drive around "shopping" and taking things people leave out.

I also refer to this day as "glad I own a truck day" since you not only get to haul stuff away but get to drive around and find stuff people leave at the curb. Great way to pick up rolls of old carpet, exercise equipment, and furniture.

So when and how does this work in your area?

What have you ever picked up?
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:58 PM
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I don't think I've seen a day like that in my city, but a lot of folks go down alleys looking for stuff. I once kicked out a set of tenants and they left behind a table and chairs. I'd just got done hauling the last chair out when someone in a car slowed down and asked if I was getting rid of it. I told them sure, they asked for it, and then picked it up to haul off. It was in servicable condition, but the upholstery was stained. Didn't seem to matter. I've put out other stuff marked FREE and it disappears promptly.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:19 PM
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It’s called “Bulk trash” pickup here, and it happens quarterly. They’ll pick up almost anything but hazardous waste (there are separate events for that). I usually pile all my metal (old fencing, etc.) neatly so that the trash pickers get it first for the recycling. Computers and electronics are taken the day I set them out.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:38 AM
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I don't have trash pick up. There is supposed to be county wide pick up. But apparently I don't qualify. I hear they have 'Special' trash day a coupla times a year. I do take advantage of the free dump days. I can parlay the fact my property is in 2 counties and get twice as many free dump days. Other than that we burn.
I just recently found out we have an electronics dump place.

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Old 09-22-2019, 12:51 AM
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here we get coupons for 2 free trips to the dump and they'll pick up 4 large items a year (occasionally you can talk them into an extra trip or so.....) we have waste management.....the city/county does the e-waste dropoffs a few times of year ...
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:55 AM
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When living in Melbourne (Aus) many local councils offered a 'Hard Rubbish' pick up, so a whole suburb would chuck their unwanted stuff out onto the nature-strip (the grassy bit between the kerb and the road) over a weekend, and some time the following week it would be hauled away.

Hard Rubbish was a collector's dream! It was amazing the sort of stuff that people would turf out, and cruising the streets became a fave pastime for some, and a money-making opportunity for others (who would collect the stuff and then onsell it via eBay and local FB sites). My daughter was one of the latter, and one HR cycle she made over $1000AUD selling some stuff that she'd found on the street.

Where I live now, not only isn't there a hard rubbish collection, there's no recycling at all so everything goes in the one bin. It's taking a bit of getting used-to I must say.
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:55 AM
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My city isn't involved in trash collection, and there are several companies to choose from. As of several years ago, my trash company would take one large item per week, with an option to schedule an extra pickup for multiple items at once (for a fee).

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Old 09-22-2019, 06:32 AM
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Oh yes, every 90 days. NONE of our junk ever gets picked up by the city. It all gets picked up by the scappers.

When I was semi-retired and working eBay for income, I occasionally found things. Once I found a pile of new college math text books. Those brought in nearly $200. Another time I found an old camera accessory. That made me $75. Fun while out for a morning walk!
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:43 AM
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We don't have trash pick up. Got to take it to a transfer station about 15 miles away. I do that typically every two weeks. Works well for us. Same with recycling. That's a bit easier as it's right by where I work. Any big stuff get's hauled to the dump er, 'landfill'. They do paint and stuff there.

For electronics, the county does an electronics recycle once a year.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:26 AM
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In our county, you either contract with a private company to have your trash hauled, or you haul it yourself to one of several Convenience Centers where you can dispose of garbage and all manner of recyclables, including electronics. Occasionally, folks will set smaller, functional items next to the dumpster and others will claim them.

People also set things out on the road - I've done this myself - and invariably, they'll be claimed. Someone even took my old lawnmower with the bent shaft - good for them if they were able to replace it!

The landfill does an amnesty day twice a year when you can bring your hazardous wastes and they'll take 'em, no questions asked. When we bought this house, the previous owners left all kinds of stuff - paint, solvents, oils, gasoline of indeterminate age - and we got rid of all of it in one fell swoop. It may have been free, but I'd have paid to be rid of that stuff.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:30 AM
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Heavy trash day is once a week. (Wednesdays in my neighborhood).
A truck with a crane arm and a claw gripper drives by, and picks up anything you leave on the curb the night before. Tree cuttings, old furniture, an old washing machine, broken bicycle frame, etc.

Regular garbage pickup is 3 times a week.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:34 AM
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they added something like $5 a month to our waste fee and now we have bulk pickup every week with the regular trash. Makes it very easy. Prior to this it was once a quarter so you had to keep your crap for a bit before putting it out. Now also don't have to plan when to trim the trees or rip out old shrubs, any time is fine. Worth the $60 in my opinion.
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:10 AM
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I have a dumpster at work. That's where all our trash goes. It's really pretty nice to never have smelly garbage at home. I try to time huge stuff (old lumber, furniture) for Sunday since Monday is the day they pick up. I give the haulers booze each xmas.
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:40 AM
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In our county, you either contract with a private company to have your trash hauled, or you haul it yourself to one of several Convenience Centers where you can dispose of garbage and all manner of recyclables, including electronics. Occasionally, folks will set smaller, functional items next to the dumpster and others will claim them.
That's how it is in the small Connecticut town where I grew up and my parents still live. For decades, we'd go to the transfer station, usually on Saturdays, to throw out the trash, recyclables and so forth. It was such a regular thing that those running for local office would stand there to greet voters and shake hands.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:45 AM
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My town has 'Brush Pickup' once a month, scheduled by the area you live in(four divisions)- for example mine is "the week of the first Monday of the month". You put your large piles of tree debris at the side of the road and the big claw truck hauls it away. The reason it's not one specific day is so they don't get overwhelmed if there is a big storm, or in February and March when most people do large-scale pruning. Small stuff that can be broken down to fit in a trash sack or can is picked up on regular trash days.

Large household items will be picked up on any regular trash day if you call the public works department in advance(a day or two?). In practice, any time I've gotten rid of furniture or appliances I just put it at the end of my driveway the night before trash day and a scrapper will pick it up.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:50 AM
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It’s called “Bulk trash” pickup here, and it happens quarterly.
It's called "bulk trash" here as well. We used to have it once per year. They changed the rules a few years ago and eliminated bulk trash day, but now we can put out one (and only one) bulk trash item per week.

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Heavy trash day is once a week. (Wednesdays in my neighborhood).
A truck with a crane arm and a claw gripper drives by, and picks up anything you leave on the curb the night before. Tree cuttings, old furniture, an old washing machine, broken bicycle frame, etc.

Regular garbage pickup is 3 times a week.
Our bulk trash is not separate. It's the same day as regular pickup. It used to be that you had to call in advance if you had a bulk item but now they don't care about that.

They do not take tree cuttings or what they call "construction debris". Old furniture, washing machines, bicycles, etc. are all fine. They won't take a rolled up carpet. They make you cut it into smaller pieces first. There are a lot of nit-picky rules.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:54 AM
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Thats what we call the day when you can put out most of your junk like old furniture, mattresses, and such and they pick up darn near anything. They also allow you to haul truckloads of construction debris to the dump for free. I'm tossing remnants of the old deck.

Unfortunately they dont take electronics (like old tvs), paint, or things with freon. You have to haul them yourself to a specific place.

We only get this once every 2 years. Many people also drive around "shopping" and taking things people leave out.

I also refer to this day as "glad I own a truck day" since you not only get to haul stuff away but get to drive around and find stuff people leave at the curb. Great way to pick up rolls of old carpet, exercise equipment, and furniture.

So when and how does this work in your area?
the company my city uses right now will pick up pretty much anything on any trash day, so long as it's not hazardous waste, too big to fit in the truck, or too heavy to safely lift.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:56 AM
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I don't have trash pick up. There is supposed to be county wide pick up. But apparently I don't qualify. I hear they have 'Special' trash day a coupla times a year. I do take advantage of the free dump days. I can parlay the fact my property is in 2 counties and get twice as many free dump days. Other than that we burn.
I just recently found out we have an electronics dump place.
We don't have trash pick up or any days that it's free to bring anything to the dump - recycling a small range of plastics and cardboard is free, however. I dropped off food at the food pantry on Thursday and saw them giving away the bags we have to pay for to even use the dump to dispose of trash... I'm glad that's an option, but it's still kind of depressing that there's no other way for low-income folks to avoid paying for the bags that are $1.25 each

Anyway, if you want to get rid of something you'd have to pay even more for at the dump (like $15 per air conditioner or $10 for a couch) you stick it out at the side of the road with a Free sign and/or post on Craigslist that it's free, free for repair, or free for scrap.
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:37 AM
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Yard waste ( and recyclables ) get picked up every other week. The waste must be cut/bundled within certain dimensions if it can't be bagged or in a container. Regular garbage pickup, once a week.

Heavy trash ( old dishwashers, lawn mowers, stuff like that ) is picked up by appointment. You call '311', choose a menu option, and speak to a real person, given the soonest available options, and set a pickup date.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:09 PM
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We have bulk trash day a few times a year. Lots of pickers come by early to take anything of value, scrap metal, etc. I always wonder if the city cares about the pickers. Does the city miss out on revenue from scrap metal or reselling of what they pick up? Or does the city just take everything to the dump and the pickers are actually helping out by saving the things with value?
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:25 PM
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My understanding is that the cities do care that people steal the valuable scrap metal from the recycling, since their budget assumes that they make some money from recycling it.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:59 PM
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In my city you can call and let them know you will be putting a large item out on trash day, and they'll either pick it up with the regular trash pickup or send a special truck around to pick it up. Although, depending on what you put out, scavengers may grab it before the trash truck shows up.

We had an old water heater in our basement for years before finally getting around to calling the city for pickup. It was gone within a half hour after I put it out on the curb the night before. My wife said "If I would have known it was that easy, I would have done it a long time ago!"
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We're in a condo complex with no set dates for heavy and/or bulky items, such things can turn up in their designated locations on any given day. My SO loves to bring stuff home to see if it can be fixed; we got some floor lamps and a boombox this way.

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Old 09-22-2019, 02:01 PM
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I don't have trash pick up. There is supposed to be county wide pick up. But apparently I don't qualify. I hear they have 'Special' trash day a coupla times a year. I do take advantage of the free dump days. I can parlay the fact my property is in 2 counties and get twice as many free dump days. Other than that we burn.
I just recently found out we have an electronics dump place.
We don't have trash pick up or any days that it's free to bring anything to the dump - recycling a small range of plastics and cardboard is free, however. I dropped off food at the food pantry on Thursday and saw them giving away the bags we have to pay for to even use the dump to dispose of trash... I'm glad that's an option, but it's still kind of depressing that there's no other way for low-income folks to avoid paying for the bags that are $1.25 each

Anyway, if you want to get rid of something you'd have to pay even more for at the dump (like $15 per air conditioner or $10 for a couch) you stick it out at the side of the road with a Free sign and/or post on Craigslist that it's free, free for repair, or free for scrap.
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That was weird; your post repeated after about three hours.
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My understanding is that the cities do care that people steal the valuable scrap metal from the recycling, since their budget assumes that they make some money from recycling it.
NYC temporarily rescinded their recycling law when our area was hit by Hurricane Sandy. Metal scrapping trucks were curb crawling everywhere, taking away boilers, furnaces, washing machines, etc., anything metal that was fouled by raw sewage or salt water.

The year before, an artist who took an old antenna he found at the curb in my Brooklyn neighborhood (for an art installation) received a $1000 fine!

From https://rules.cityofnewyork.us/tags/local-law-56-2013 :
On August 12, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law No. 56 for the year 2013. This law ... enhances the City’s enforcement of the scavenging law by punishing those who unlawfully take City property or recyclables for their own financial gain.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:36 PM
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In my city there's no designated day for that sort of trash, rather you can call the city's solid waste department or go online and schedule a "bulky waste pickup", and you put it out on the curb on the day you scheduled. Bulky waste can be anything from tree limbs that are too large for your yard waste bin, to furniture or appliances. It's free of charge but there's a limit to how many pickups you can schedule per year.

Electronics do not go with bulky waste, but for that you can schedule a "household hazardous waste" pickup. Besides electronics, household hazardous waste can be things like used motor oil, antifreeze, paint, pesticides, other household chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and other stuff I probably can't think of at the moment.
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I don't have trash pick up. There is supposed to be county wide pick up. But apparently I don't qualify. I hear they have 'Special' trash day a coupla times a year. I do take advantage of the free dump days. I can parlay the fact my property is in 2 counties and get twice as many free dump days. Other than that we burn.
Beckdawrek, I hope you're not burning plastics. A household burn barrel doesn't get the right temperatures and emits dioxins and other pollutants into the air. (Cite's from NYState, I don't know whether burn barrels are illegal where you live.)
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:08 AM
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It's complicated here.

Yes, saturday was heavy trash day where anyone can put lots of stuff out like furniture, carpet (cut up and tied in 4 ft bundles), tree limbs (4 ft bundles) and the CITY pays for that pickup.

Now our normal weekly trash, we have 2 bins - 1 regular trash, 1 recyclables, that we pay ourselves and I'm thinking its like $10 a month. I pay for it thru my home owners association. Those bins are loaded by machines and if they get broken they replace them. It doesnt matter if their 10 people or 2 people each house only gets the 2 bins. Luckily they arent to picky about what goes in each.

Lawn debris has to be in those big paper bags or bins marked for it. That is picked up by a special run which still has guys tossing trash bags and cans.

Now SOME people in our neighborhood dont pay the fee and just take care of it themselves. Like someone said above they might just take it to work or they have another way to dispose of it. Our HOA has to monitor it so they dont get free trash pickup. Although it doesnt matter on heavy trash day they can still leave anything at the curb.

On heavy trash day we cant put construction debris (ex. drywall, shingles, boards, fencing) out but they had a dumping area where you could haul over pickup truck or trailer loads and unload it yourself. I took 2 loads this year.

You can take your big screen tv and other electronics to Best Buy and they take them for a fee.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:38 AM
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It's called "bulky trash" here, and you have to go on the county's website and open a service ticket. You fill out the form telling them your address and what you're getting rid of, and as long as your item is on their pull-down list, they'll give you a date, you put your stuff out on the curb the night before, and sometime the next day they'll come pick it up and take it to the landfill (I assume). They have one day per month per district.

It is a very blue-collar neighborhood where I live, and at least 50% of the time someone will come along and pick up my junk before the county can get to it, so now when I have something big to dump, I'll leave it out on the curb a for a day before calling in the county to see if it won't just walk away on its own.

The county also does yard waste pickups every Monday. They prefer it in yard waste bags, but they've still taken it when I've just dumped it in a regular trash can.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:52 AM
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My HOA contracts with trash management. We have bulk pickup the 3rd Saturday of every month. They take anything, except if it's in a trash bag

Regular trash pickup is 2 days a week, and they take anything as long as you can get it into a trash bag.
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The city where I lived last year had a "recycling center" where residents could take just about anything and get rid of it. They would recycle what they could (actually, contract with a recycling company) and dump what they couldn't, all paid for as part of the city taxes. Now I'm in the unincorporated part of the county and I just have to call the garbage service company a day or 2 in advance an let them know what large stuff I will be putting at the curb. I like the latter much better, I don't have to load the junk in my truck and haul it across town!
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We have household compost and yard waste pickup weekly. Yard waste has to fit into bins/bags or be bundled. Other pickups alternate between paper recyclables on one week and metal/glass/plastic recyclables plus non-compostable garbage on the other week. Electronics and hazardous waste can be dropped off at the main dump site or at special disposal events held around the city every couple of months.

The city will pick up large items but prefer you to call and advise them. We put out an old fold-out double bed/couch and the regular garbage truck did an impressive job of compacting it! The one thing that they won't take is construction debris. If it fits in a regular garbage bin its OK, but anything bulky, or stuff like patio slabs, has to be taken to a dump site and paid for (although concrete & other masonry debris is pretty cheap to dispose of as they break it up and use it for fill).

Normal weekly collection is funded by taxes as part of the city's responsibility for public health.
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When living in Melbourne (Aus) many local councils offered a 'Hard Rubbish' pick up, so a whole suburb would chuck their unwanted stuff out onto the nature-strip (the grassy bit between the kerb and the road) over a weekend, and some time the following week it would be hauled away.
My mothers suburb had a policy that all hard rubbish could stay out for a week or two, to let the pickers recycle and to reduce the amount the council had to haul away. Other councils in Melbourne tried to have a policy that picking was illegal, because they were selling the right to collect to reduce the amount they had to pay for collection.

My council used to have hard rubbish days, but went to an "on demand" system where you made a booking for collection. To "save money", perhaps partly by avoiding picking. It turns out it actually costs more, and seems to have zero community support, but they are sticking with it. I sometimes wonder about subtle forms of corruption.

The central city here always had "on demand" collection, but it has expensive taxes, no yard space, full services and other special considerations. It worked well except that they cheated: to keep the streets clear, you could only put out your rubbish immediately before collection. Then they would arrive early, find nothing, and nick off to arrive early at the next scheduled address.

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Old 09-24-2019, 08:05 AM
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Heavy trash day is once a week. (Wednesdays in my neighborhood).
A truck with a crane arm and a claw gripper drives by, and picks up anything you leave on the curb the night before. Tree cuttings, old furniture, an old washing machine, broken bicycle frame, etc.

Regular garbage pickup is 3 times a week.
Where is this? I never heard of (or could imagine a need for) thrice weekly trash.

And Beck - you every hear of Southern Culture on the Skids' tune "My Neighbor Burns Trash"?

Around our part suburbs tend to have one heavy trash day every year or 2, when you can toss out anything (other than - I think- building supplies or dirt.) I think they call it Spring Clean-up or something. When they started, it was amazing the amount of shit people apparently allowed to build up in their homes. Because we can toss oversized objects any week with the regular trash. You just have to affix a sticker (cost a buck or 2.) Always amused me to the juxtaposition between see some cheap, broken piece of shit on the curb in front of a nice suburban home.

Not only the scrappers, but it was fun to watch the neighborhood kids dragging other people's trash home.

I think they lessened it to every other year, because their wasn't as much trash.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:13 AM
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Around here it's called "Community Clean-Up Day," and it's done three times per year. As it happens, the most recent one was just last Saturday.

I put out an old TV aerial that had blown down in high winds earlier in the month. I didn't see who, but someone after scrap metal must have picked it up. It was gone before the "official" truck came around.
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My wife and I arrived in Auckland, NZ in October of 2013 while the city was having a city wide bulk cleanup. We took a walk around the neighborhood where the BnB we stayed at was located. We found some souvenirs to take home with us and something for my wife's cousin in Christchurch.



One of the first piles of stuff we stopped at contained a couple boxes of tea cups and saucers. My wife would have taken them all but getting them back home would be very difficult. She picked a couple vintage looking pieced of bone china made in England. Later I found a cricket bat that looked to be in decent condition, later someone was tossing a bucket of what looked like red baseballs. They were cricket balls. I took two. The last thing we found was a bag of yarn. My wife called her cousin in Christchurch to see if she wanted it. Heck yeah she did. We had brought a 3rd suit case with us just for souvenirs and all the yarn just fit.



What I thought was strange the New Zealand version of TSA let me take the cricket bat on the plane when we flew from Auckland to Christchurch. But when we were flying from Christchurch to Auckland, the cricket bat was removed. I didn't find out till we landed in San Francisco and saw an orange tag on the handle of the suitcase. The tag said a "potentially dangerous" item was removed by NZ security at the Christchurch airport. At least my 2 balls made it home with me.
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We get two free "household junk pickups" every year from the city; you an go to their website and schedule a pickup whenever you want. You can also schedule two free "appliance and e-waste pickups", and just a few weeks ago our monthly utilities bill included a coupon for one free load at the dump.
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Old 09-28-2019, 01:20 PM
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When we lived in SCal, we were within city limits and had trash picked up once a week. When we packed up everything to make our big move to AZ, oh GAWD we had trash. We got a dumpster, had scavengers spreading our crap out into the street, and I don't want to talk about it any more.

The "problem child" of a big, bulky heavy item required a phone call and special trip by waste management to our house. There was a lot of discussion and an exception was made for "just this once."

The item was a king size waterbed mattress.

I don't want to talk about that, either.


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