Friday, December 01, 2006

Garbage Day

There is something that has me a little stressed out since we've moved, and that is garbage day. Every other Friday is recycling, and every other week is regular garbage. Compost waste is every week.


It seems like we have garbage problems every Friday where the guys don't like how we've presented our waste so they leave it behind. This week we have two weeks worth of compost waste because last Friday they didn't like our green garbage can we had put it in. So yesterday I went out and spent 30 Bucks on a pretty green bin with wheels.




Then, there is the issue of regular recycling. The previous owners had left us with a great big blue bin but that wasn't good for the men. They liked the small ones, which then presented us with a problem, because we then had a month's worth of recycling to deal with. (And believe me, our recycling boxes looked nothing like the nice neat tidy little one in this picture.) Every Friday since we've moved here Greg and I have had conversations about whether our garbage was picked up. Today it's pouring rain and because our recycling wasn't picked up two weeks ago, and we have so much of it because of all the boxes we've been unpacking, I improvized and used cardboard boxes as blue bins. Now I'm worried that because of the rain, the boxes have turned into cardboard soup, and the garbage guys won't take them. Which, will leave us with another two weeks worth of recycling that hasn't been taken. I can hear the trucks roaming around the neighbourhood and have run tot he window a few times thinking that they were at our house, but the boxes just keep getting wetter, and wetter, and wetter. I'm thinking that maybe they weill let ME throw the boxes into the truck, if they don't want to take them.
Am I obsessing over this? Is Greg obsessing over this? He's already called me three times to find out if the garbage is gone.
**Update**
Yaaaay! They took all of our garbage!!!

7 comments:

Pez said...

OMG - my stomach is in knots just thinking about the garage/waste/recycling situation in Toronto - esp. your area (has the rest of the city implemented the insane garbage sorting?!). Seriously, I could never move back there because I would have a nervous breakdown trying to ensure that my wet paper towels were separated from the used plastic wrap. Ugh!

Pez said...

BTW, where did you get the small blue bin photo? Looks like FIL's garbage! I guess there are some benefits to having OCD. ;)

Donna said...

I hear you on garbage issues. We have to haul our enormous garbage and recycling bins about a quarter mile to where the garbage truck will pick them up. They won't drive the truck down the hill to our house so we have to take it out there. Not a fun job when it's cold outside, or really hot outside, for that matter. Glad they picked up everything!

Mitey Mite said...

Our garbagemen will only take trash out of the "approved" city-furnished can. If you have too much trash to fit in that, your only option is a plastic trash sack. They absolutely will not empty a second trash bin. Not sure how this benefits either them or the environment... And congratulations on getting all your trash picked up.

Nikki-ann said...

What a nightmare! I'm glad they picked it up in the end though. We don't get our recycling stuff picked up, we have to take it to the recycling banks and put the different things in their respective bank. It gives us a bit of exercise I suppose!

Two Sirius said...

We have the exact same problem. I swear, garbage collectors are prima donnas the likes of which make Barbara Streisand look like a Girl Scout.

Begered said...

That SUCKS! There is no way I could deal with that. I get my garbage, recycling and compost picked up every week and we are provided with big bins for all three.