Most of the Time, If You’ve Thrown Something Away, It’s Gone
But one time we had a woman who called us, freaking out, because her child with special needs had thrown out a grocery bag that had his medication, her checkbook and some money. She wanted to know if there was any way to retrieve the bag. Well, the truck had already picked up the trash from about 1,000 homes on that route. How were we going to find the one bag? But we decided to try. We had the truck dump in a special area, recruited some other garbage collectors, spread everything out and started searching. It took an hour and half, but we actually found it. Check out these 11 “disposables” you should stop buying now, better yet here are 18 things you never knew you could recycle.
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Bag It! I Repeat, Bag It!
Your bin will last longer and smell better, and you’ll make your garbage collector a happy man. And speaking of bags, we always know when you buy the cheap ones. They bust apart as soon as we lift them. Here are the craziest things garbage collectors have found in the trash. If you’ve ever struggled to get a garbage bag out of a garbage can, here’s the reason why and how to fix it.
Know What’s Not Allowed
Remember, in most towns these things are not allowed in the trash: gallons of paint, fluorescent light bulbs, motor oil and cast-off electronics (televisions, computers). Unfortunately, it’s tough for us to catch if you bag them up. So we appeal to your conscience by reminding you that those items contain toxic substances that contaminate groundwater. Instead, take them to a hazardous materials facility that will dispose of them safely. Avoid putting these things down your garbage disposal.