|Posted: 1/23/2013 12:30:33 PM|
I think the stickers on trash bags is crazy!
I would do as Free~Bird suggested and put a major slab of packing tape on top of the sticker so it can't be pulled off. If the trash people complain about it you can tell them since they aren't taking steps to deal with the problem, you are. And if they get cut or torn off I'd be calling and telling the trash people that they should be easily able to track the guilty parties that way.
Loc: Down South
|Posted: 1/23/2013 12:44:37 PM|
Ugh I would be upset too. That is expensive!
We pay ours with the water bill and it is like $25 a month, they give us the rolling trash can and have a calendar for special days (recycling or furniture/large item days twice a year) and it's still for the $25.
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Loc: Rockville, MD
|Posted: 1/23/2013 12:44:56 PM|
Nope. Our recycling is. They pick up EVERYTHING. Our county also heats all their buildings with waste from landfills so if it doesn't go in recycling, it is still recycled.
We pay $11/month for twice a week removal. No special bins/stickers. Just put it out, they pick it up.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Campbellford, Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 1/23/2013 12:49:19 PM|
OP I hope I can be some help to you. Where I currently live i have to put stickers on our garbage though it is limited to 3 bags per week cycle. Since it can get very cold in the winter here the stickers can come off easily. They are long stickers nd we are allowed to wrap a sticker round under a knot. Youngest have to loop th sticker around and put the two sticky sides together so that they are stuck together. That way the trash people can easily see the green. Also if you have a gorcery bag, you are allowed to tear the sticker in half. We can put out as much as recycling that we want. I usually have one bag for a family of 4 that includes 2 kids. Sometimes a bag doesn't need to go out until the following week.
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Loc: Mountain High Pea
|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:01:34 PM|It is interesting to see all the different ways trash is picked up.. LOL.. You would think one huge system would work for everyone..
Where I live it's through our HOA. Once a week pickup and every other week for recycling. We have one of those big rolling ones, but there really isn't a limit how much they take, although not furniture and large items like that. (once they did take a broken grill we had!)
When our recycling started last year, our trash can never fills up anymore. It's only about 1/2 full now. I can't believe how much we were throwing out. Although I admit, it sucks to keep bins in the garage to recycle (I don't think it sucks, my husband hates it 'messing' up the all holy garage) Oh well!!!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:14:20 PM|
I think I would go nuts with the stickers. Seems like a lot of hassle. We pay a monthly fee for trash and recycling (single sort). No special bags or anything. Our cost is based on the size of trash bin you have. We pay about $25 per month.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:34:09 PM|
The stickers are ridiculous!
Our trash is part of our water/sewer bill. It's $25 and change per month for the trash portion. We get both a huge wheeled trash and recycle bin. We have to provide our own lawn waste bin or paper bags during the summer, but that gets picked up, too.
The community I used to live in has trash service as part of their property taxes. You could put anything out by the curb and it would be taken.
How big are the stickers? I'm picturing kind of large -- 4x6 or so. Is there anywhere to write your home address/family name/naughty limerick on there with a sharpie just to try to deter the thieves. If you're not going to get help from the makers of the system, you might have to get creative. Or, can you put your trash down at the curb the night before and just run out and slap the stickers on in the morning? (Our trash pick up starts at 6:30am and that solution would make me grumble, but I'm cheap and I'd do it.) Or, could you run a bead of super glue in an X across the sticker so that it is unpeelable. Or, cut an X with a blade through the middle of the sticker before you take it off the backing, kind of like they do with license plate stickers. If they peel at it, they will only get a portion. Maybe you can, at the least, get them to leave your stickers alone just because they are a pain to try to get.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:39:27 PM|
Our trash is paid with our water bill which also includes sewer. We have to buy the brown yard bags, and also pay for a sticker to have the bags removed. I think our stickers are $2.25 each, and then the price of the bag, so it's about $2.75-$3.00 per bag. We can also pay a monthly yard waste removal fee and they'll give a separate can for that. I don't do that, but a neighbor told me it was pretty expensive.
Tip--fold the top of your bags over and staple your sticker several times to the bag. I had to staple ours once when we left the bags out overnight and a light frost covered the bag, and the stickers wouldn't stick, so I stapled them. Maybe that'll stop someone if they're stapled down a bunch of times?
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 2:05:59 PM|
Instead of doing stickers per bag, perhaps see if you can go to a "rental" fee with an approved trash can. I am in a big city but that is what we have. We do pay to the city but there is no reason the private company couldn't do the same thing.
You pay a certain fee based on the size of your trash can. anything that fits in it is fair game.
Stealing stickers off the trash though...That is just ridiculous.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 2:13:24 PM|Thank you for all of your replies.
I will definitely be taking measures to prevent the stickers from being peeled away again. Putting clear packing tape over them is a good idea. So is stapling them to the top.
There is no reasoning with this trash removal company. My town is so small that it is literally one truck, four men who collect trash on a rotating schedule, and the one secretary who works in their "office," a room in the front of someone's house.
To be honest, I've never known such a backward town in my life.
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Loc: Boilermaker Country!
|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:00:11 PM|
If they know that the stealing is taking place, they should change the method they are using. That is not fair to their (paying) customers!!!
We too have private trash pickup - but they provide a large trash can that is clearly marked with the company name on it. (It's not the only company that we can use though either!)
Sorry this has happened to you - some people just suck!!!
|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:27:09 PM|
We don't have a sticker type of system, but I've heard of communities around here that do. I can't believe that someone is stealing your stickers. That's horrible.
I like the packing tape idea, and basically think it's about the only thing you can really do right now, other than setting your bags out as late as possible in the AM.
Our trash and recycling pickup is included in our city fees, which also cover sewer & water. Our city contracts for trash removal with a commercial waste company. We also have brush pickup for loose branches, etc. I believe that is picked up by the city.
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Loc: New England
|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:31:25 PM|
That really stinks your stickers were stolen! WTH is wrong with some people?!
We do not have trash removal funded through taxes. However, we don't use the sticker system here. Trash/recycling removal costs a flat rate per month and we just get a bill in the mail for it. Of course you also have the option to haul your garbage to the dump by yourself and that costs nothing, provided you have proof you are a resident of our town.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:38:17 PM|
I live outside if town and we have private trash pickup. We aren't limited though. Texans love to throw their shit out.
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Loc: Enjoying the humid continental climate zone.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:42:18 PM|
Our trash is paid separately. But we have no silly sticker requirement.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:45:06 PM|
My god no wonder you are pissed!
Yes in my condo we paid for trash collection. There was no sticker BULLSHIT. We had dumpsters, garbage went in the dumpsters, and it was collected twice a week.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:58:06 PM|
It sounds like a town that is ripe for some competition Why ANYBODY could come along and say, hey no stickers needed, we have your address, and if you pay a fee that we bill you, we pick up whatever you leaveout.
Then take it to the dump.
Some enterprising teen or unemployed husband with a pick up truck could make some good money doing that.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 4:15:06 PM|
we pay separate for trash pick up. the village contracted with one company because there was complaints of trucks rumbling through the neighborhood 3 mornings.
part of the contract with the village, the provider gives us the large wheeled cans to use - one for trash, one for yard waste, one for recycle. All homeowners are required to pay for trash pickup.
We used to use yard waste stickers - what a pain - those yard waste brown bags sucked - especially when it rained.
Loc: At the intersection of Hooterville and Stars Hollow
|Posted: 1/23/2013 4:21:49 PM|
It sounds like a town that is ripe for some competition
In the city where our rental is located we are prohibited from hiring anyone but the private provider chosen by the city. We pay the bill outright but competition is not allowed.
Loc: North Texas
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Loc: Your Mom's house
|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:07:44 PM|
Our trash is not funded by taxes.
We pay $50 every three months for trash and recycling pickup.
one of those "entitled" peas
|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:28:28 PM|
Not funded. There is a company that provides trash pick up in our neighborhood and we pay a bill.
I guess if we wanted we could contract with a different company, but I believe this company does the entire county pretty much on some type of agreement to charge less or something.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:44:53 PM|
We don't have stickers, but we do have to buy special bags with the City's name on them. They are color-coded for each town and can be purchased at any grocery.
As garbage bags go, I feel they are quite expensive (50 cents for a small one and a dollar for a large one), and we pay a trash collection fee with our water bill on top of that.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 6:22:51 PM|We moved from a city where where taxes covered trash pick up that was a very organized system for trash, recycle, yard waste etc - to our current rural area where we only have one option that we pay about 75.00 quarterly. This thread makes me feel a lot better about the rate, but I have been exasperated with our service.
They don't provide a receptacle or bags, you use your own bags and whatever can, bin, barrel or cage you wish to contain the bags. Some people have the oddest things rigged up in front of their house to contain their trash. We had problems with dogs and crows getting into ours, so I built basically a big box with a hinged lid out of rough lumber. We live at the end of a dead end road quite a distance from the previous house. For some reason the garbage company is under the impression the regular truck can't turn or wont fit up the road (but the school bus has no problem), so they send a separate smaller truck just for our trash. This summer the driver of that smaller truck "forgot" to pick ours up for 6 WEEKS. What makes it even worse, at the beginning of that 6 weeks we had a bad wind storm that knocked down trees and we were without power for a week, so the oldest of that 6 weeks worth of trash was all spoiled food from my fridge and deep freezer. It got to a point that I was calling every day and they kept promising a special pickup but they never came. I even drove out to catch the other truck on trash day and he said "Oh, the guy in the little truck gets yours" So I asked him to radio the guy and have him get my trash. The problem is its owned by a corporation so the customer service people I talked to on the phone were in NJ or somewhere and they wouldn't give me a way to contact the local dispatch. Eventually someone came got it all the maggot filled bags, but they never credited my bill for the lack of service and he forgot us again for 2 weeks in December.
They pick up old appliances etc once per month, but our old refrigerator that quit working because of an internal freon leak, can't be picked up without a sticker certifying the freon has been drained. The repair guy that came to the house doesn't do that and I can't find anyone else locally that inspects them. So now I'm also stuck with a broken side by side fridge sitting in my back yard.
Currently I'm boycotting them. I've quit paying the bill and we've been recycling as much as possible and taking out bags to a family members house. I know this won't work forever, especially once it gets hot and the trash smells worse, but I'm so frustrated with them I can't fathom giving them another dollar and haven't figured out a solution yet. If DH is unemployed much longer, maybe we should start out own garbage collection service. But seriously, I want to find out where the dump is and if we have the option to haul it ourselves. The service just isn't reliable enough.
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Loc: Dirtyland and Oilyland
|Posted: 1/23/2013 7:39:42 PM|
Trash pickup and recycling pickup were both paid for through the city when we lived in Texas. Here (Michigan), our city doesn't provide the services, but there are two private companies to choose from. This is trash only, recycling you have to take in yourself. We have trash containers supplied. However, there are some areas around here where residents have to buy special bags at the grocery store and the trash company only picks up those bags. That is similar to your stickers, although probably better because of the stealing stickers issue.
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Loc: Enjoying the summer sun!
|Posted: 1/23/2013 8:10:31 PM|
Wow... I never knew trash collection wasn't part of city services! Both in Missouri, where I grew up and here in TX, it's part of the water/sewage bill. (it is, however, contracted out to a private company. But we don't get to choose). It's cheap, we have a garbage can, a yard waste can and a recycle bin. I can pretty much put out anything and they'll take it. Even extra bags or furniture.
In California, we had a very small garbage bin and very large recycling bin. If you had extra trash, you had to buy special bags, and they weren't cheap. I liked that, because it made people more conscious of how much waste they produced.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 8:11:34 PM|
In our town it is included in your water bill. If you live out of town you rent a bin and they empty it every week any where from 20$ to 150$ depending on the size of your bin.
It is privately owned the owner bought one trash truck and built up from there about 50 years ago. It is now worth millions. Seriously. The same family still owns it. He was a great guy!
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 8:43:14 PM|
Where I grew up, they had city-funded or tax-funded trash pickup. I just moved and had about 15 choices for trash pickup. The one I chose picks up twice a week, and recycling once a week, for only about $10 a month. I was paying about $20 a month where I used to live, so this is great.
I also have never heard of or seen the sticker deal, and think it's insane. It's especially insane because they know people are having stickers stolen, and have not figured out a better way to handle it...
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:01:11 PM|
Where we live now, our city collects the trash, but we pay for it on our water bill.
we did live in a rural area for a while where we had to pay a private service, but they did not give us stickers, we just paid them monthly (or maybe quarterly) for the service and if it was outside our house they picked it up, no limits.
it seems like they either need to give you specially marked bags, or just do the service by way of the addresses.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:03:31 PM|
In our city you have the city trash (one bin they provide, once a week) unless you live in an HOA neighborhood that contracts with a private trash company. thank goodness we are with the latter (yes, the horrible HOA us good for something). Private trash comes twice a week and they take whatever you put out, no limit.
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Loc: Heffalump Hollow
|Posted: 1/23/2013 11:08:13 PM|
City funded trash collection..... No way!!!! We are legal required to have a service in city limits (which sucks, the dump is way cheaper). We pay $43.00 a month for the smallest can a week, $4.50 for each additional can. Yours is CHEAP!!!!!
|Posted: 1/24/2013 5:41:21 AM|
In the city, the trash pickup is part of the water bill which is owned by the city. If you live outside the city limits and do not use city water (well water and septic tank), you have to pay one of three companies including the one that is contracted to do the city's.
Never heard of stickers on bags. We paid for a trash bin they dump every week. Animals would tear up the bags out here.
|Posted: 1/24/2013 5:48:37 AM|
Why does the company not sell branded trash bags?
Loc: Texas Hill Country
|Posted: 1/24/2013 6:36:40 AM|
We live in the country and private pay for both trash collection and road maintenance. Both work well.
That is a really stupid system and I'm sorry to hear you have been the victim of this crime. Despite the company being guilty of having a dumb system the real culprit here are the criminals who are stealing your stickers!
I'd be camped out with a video camera and put a stop to that nonsense. It's no different than breaking into your house and where I live, the camera would more likely be swapped for a shotgun.
Loc: Poconos PA
|Posted: 1/24/2013 7:42:00 AM|
I think the sticker idea is wasteful. We pay for our garbage but they charge per house, per month.
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|Posted: 1/24/2013 7:51:38 AM|
We don't live in city limits, so no city trash service for us. We contract through a private company, which is fine. When we set up our account, they brought a big, wheeled bin. All the trash goes in it and they empty it. We pay monthly for the bin - whether we set it out or not.
The sticker system sounds ridiculous. It's the perfect system for the dishonest types to rip off the honest ones, which is a bummer.
Loc: Rockville, MD
|Posted: 1/24/2013 7:58:00 AM|I know this is a stretch but if it is such a small company, maybe they are removing their own stickers to save money
|Posted: 1/24/2013 11:08:15 AM|
We live out in the country and we pay a company to pick up our trash, we are limited to our 1 bin each week. The company provided the bin as the trash truck has an arm that lifts the bin up and flips it and dumps the trash in the compactor.
On rare occasion, I have spotted a neighbor (who doesn't pay for trash disposal) dump a bag in our bin late at night.
We have to drive and take our recycling to the county recycling center.
Put a sign out by the road that says you have a camera on the trashbags so that if someone stops to remove the stickers, the information will be forwarded to the police or sheriff.
Honestly, on trash days, you might have to set your alarm for 5 am and put the stickers on the bags you have out by the curb.
Get out some scrapbooking laminating tools to adhere those stickers permanently to the bags. Calling Glitter Girl.
|Posted: 1/24/2013 12:12:44 PM|
We live in a tiny town(one stoplight). They tried that sticker thing for awhile but I don't think it went over well. They also gave everyone a recycle bin.
Several years ago, they sent us a bill and now we have to pay $60 a year towards trash-supposedly 2 cans a week. We are always over that.....since we have 7 adults in the house when all the college kids are home.
That is really rude of people to steal your stickers.....I'd definitely want to be getting a camera outside to catch them.
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|Posted: 1/24/2013 12:22:44 PM|
Are you allowed to tape them on the bag? My husband suggested two things.
One, take the trash out the night before, but don't put the stickers on until the morning.
Second, buy packing tape wider than the stickers and tape them to the bag with a big piece of tape!
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|Posted: 1/24/2013 1:14:58 PM|
Maybe you can suggest to them that they sell the bags and not stickers. I have two relatives whose trash pickup is done with the bags and there is no problem.
|Posted: 1/24/2013 1:35:31 PM|
How are you resisting the urge to embellish the stickers with glitter, mat the sticker before adhering, no floating white space, use distressing techniques to the sticker, use your Cameo or cricut to cut out theme related die-cuts. etc.
Think like a scrapper!!!
ETA: There is a chance that when the temperate is cooler, the stickers are not adhering well to the trashbags.
I second the "cover the stickers with a big ole piece of clear packing tape".
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Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 1/24/2013 1:39:39 PM|
I pay for trash pick up and every town around us does too. In fact I think both counties on either side of ours do the same.
I think we pay about $40 or $50 for 3 months
We are given trash bins labeled Waste, Recycle and Green Waste.
If we need more or larger bins they charge more per month.
We have large bins. Therefore we pay more
I've never heard of someone not having to pay for service.
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Loc: Northern California
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Loc: Living in Kim's Perfect World, again.
|Posted: 1/24/2013 3:12:37 PM|
LolaLayout, that's horrible!
I thought it was bad where my family lives, and they have to pick between umpteen different garbage people and pay them monthly.
Trash pickup is without a doubt one of the things I've like best about where I live. It's done completely through the city, (water, sewage and trash) and they even do a big trash pickup twice a month. If it's out on the road, they'll pick it up. That means big appliances like old refrigerators will be hauled off for free.
Stickers for garbage bags. <smh> I just can't begin to imagine how miserable that must be.
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Loc: Nor Cal
|Posted: 1/24/2013 3:15:58 PM|
We are unincorporated so no funded trash service here. We have three private services to choose from though and nothing like what you have. We just pay a set fee each month.
We are about $100 every three months and dh has to take the cans about 3/4 mile up the road from our house.