Between our city’s greenwaste and recycling program, and our soon-to-be-up-and-running worm composting bin, we generate very little trash. That being the case, we wanted to see if we could save on our garbage bill by eliminating our weekly trash pick-up.
Things we learned after talking with the city’s director of solid waste management:
1. We are legally required to have weekly trash service.
2. If we were to cancel our weekly trash service, we would also lose our recycling and greenwaste service.
3. The smallest trash bin size is 20 gallons.
Wait. Hang on. We can be legally required to have trash?? And the consequence for not having enough trash to merit weekly trash service is losing recycling and greenwaste service, which happens to be precisely the reason we no longer need trash service?? Is the city really compelling me to create garbage so that I can recycle and compost? ?
Does. Not. Compute.
What is the goal here, folks? Don’t we want to reduce the amount of waste we generate? Shouldn’t it be a good thing that we don’t need trash service? Shouldn’t the city motivate us towards creating less trash, not more?
In fact, in trying to find where it says we are required to have trash service, I stumbled upon this article, about a man who was sued by the city for canceling his trash service! Ridiculous!
On a related note, you can read about Ari Derfel’s year of collecting his trash here.