Curb-side en­thu­si­asm

A handy guide for trash pickup suc­cess.


The city has a kick-ass app for garbage col­lec­tion that will send you no­ti­fi­ca­tions re­mind­ing you when to put yours out, and what ex­actly you should be kick­ing to the curb. It’s a game-changer, so down­load it now and be­come a trash wizard.

Your blue bag is for plas­tic, glass, pa­per and alu­minum con­tain­ers and plas­tic bags. Fly­ers, egg car­tons, mag­a­zines, box board (AKA beer cases or ce­real boxes) and cor­ru­gated card­board can be curbed in a gro­cery or re­tail bag. Most im­por­tant is that your pa­per prod­ucts should not be mixed with other re­cy­clables or you’ll be scorned with a garbage scar­let let­ter, AKA a big ol’ re­jec­tion sticker. These bags get picked up weekly. Re­sist the urge to scrape off your plate into the trash can be­cause this is so easy. Your com­post bin (the green one your land­lord has hope­fully pro­vided for you) is for food waste, pa­per tow­els and nap­kins only. If you don’t have a mini-green bin, liquor store bags or a bea­tup Tup­per­ware work well as a ves­sel to (pro tip) store your com­post in the freezer to avoid stink and fruit flies. Even bet­ter is that the pa­per bag can be biffed di­rectly into the com­post bin when it’s full. Or­gan­ics are picked up bi-weekly most of the year, weekly July through the end of Septem­ber. In the­ory, if you’re obey­ing the rules of com­post and re­cy­cling, your garbage bags should be min­i­mal. The first sign of a rule-breaker is some­one with piles of of them. Clear garbage bags are where most of your refuse should be—the num­ber you’re al­lowed to pitch varies by style of dwelling (six bags for a sin­gle unit, town­house of semi-de­tached, four bags for apart­ment build­ings with less than six units).

Each house­hold is al­lowed one black garbage bag for pri­vacy (say you aren’t com­fort­able with the world see­ing your floss and tam­pon ap­pli­ca­tors) or in many cases, un­for­tu­nately, lazi­ness (we all know you were too lazy to dump and rinse that mouldy salsa jar, you dink).

Trash is col­lected bi-weekly. Your rules aren’t nec­es­sar­ily the city’s rules, so check with your su­per in­ten­dant/land­lord/ prop­erty manager to make sure you’re throw­ing shit out cor­rectly.



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