Monday, April 13, 2009

Thoughts on garbage collection

One of the things I've always liked about living in Point Place was our garbage collection.

I know - that sounds very strange - and it even looks strange as I write it ... but it's true.

The Point is a great place in the summer and living on the water means you have lots of guests on the weekends. More guests means more garbage/recyclables, naturally. Our garbage collection (prior to this year) was always on Mondays. Whether by accident or design, it meant that all our weekend trash was gone Monday morning - with nothing to sit and stew during a long, warm week.

I often wondered how people in other parts of the city managed this...and did other areas have the amount of raccoons and opossums that loved such appetizing smells?

But the city, in an effort to save money - for which I commend them, has stopped the overtime on weekends that used to make up for no pickup on weekday holidays. While I thought their color-coded system was a bit more complicated than it needed to be (and what if you're color blind?), a bit of inconvenience for me to keep track of my scheduled day is a small price to pay for the tax dollar savings it is giving us.

But I was just thinking about our garbage day now being Friday as a result of the Good Friday holiday and the move-a-day schedule.

And then I realized that our next holiday, Memorial Day, will leap us over to Mondays again. And that we'll be on Mondays until the Fourth of July. Even after Labor Day, the pickup will be Tuesdays, which isn't so bad for our weekend garbage.

So our higher amounts of trash for the summer won't sit in our cans all week long - and I won't have to worry about the critters and making sure there is a stretch cord over the tops so they don't lift them up...

Thank heaven for small favors.


Tim Higgins said...


Having lived in Columbus for many years where such a plan was the rule, while it could be confusing, eventually everyone was used to it.

Unfortunately it is the trash in One Government Center that never seems to be adequately disposed of.

Hooda Thunkit said...


I have to agree with Tim.

Try as I might, I couldn't have put it any better...

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