posted on Mar, 24 2019 @ 09:36 AM
Our neighbors and I (5 households) share a trash pickup location, on my property. I am the only single person family, 3 others have 3-6 people, and
they produce SOOO much trash it's unbelievable. I fill a small garbage (25 gal) can once every 2 months, if that, and a same size recycling can
every 4-8 weeks. So I rarely need to take the cans out.
They put the cans on my driveway b/c theirs is a safety hazard (blind corner at 35mph with trucks doing 45mph+ downhill) so I have 5-7 cans there
stored back from the road in a little space for them. the trash cans are the big 90-110gallon ones and recycling are the round ~45-55 gallon ones with
snap on lids.
The bill is split 5 ways. I have to walk about 200+ yards to the end of the driveway to take my can's out and I usually don't go out the day after
pickup (I'm home working and no need to leave). So the can's never come in unless I go out and pull them in.
They also dump their recycling into can's that have a snap on lid, but they never snap them on, so bottles end up all on my huge lawn (from wind and
the wind from the traffic/trucks). Not a week goes by that there usually aren't 5-20 peices scattered. I've asked them to use bags for recycling,
just tie them up and put them in the recycle can.
They also leave nasty food and drink in the plastics (some is rotten, curdled dairy products, nasty takeout left in plastic containers, etc). Also
things like 1/2 full bottles of dish/laundry soap and other "chemical/soap/etc" bottles with with stuff inside. EVERYTHING is supposed to be
cleaned out (supposed to be washed if really nasty) and soda/juice/milk bottles rinsed out so nothing is left in them. We've gotten probably 20+
letters from the service complaining about this, but it only goes to me/my family, b/c it's my property. We give copies to other people and they
ignore it and carry on. I know it isn't another couple of 2, so that leaves the 3 large families.
We have also gotten notes left on the cans, "warnings" about not following rules - I guess when a recycle bin weighs 40+ lbs b/c there's so much
liquid left in some bottles, it's pretty apparent what is happening.
So I don't know what to do about this. I'm going to tell them it is now their job to bring the cans in within 24 hours of pickup and they can make
their own schedule between them (the 3 families). When I was on crutches for 3-4 months (and they saw this), they still didn't bother to do
anything. I'm going to give them plastic bags for the recyclables with color coded zip ties so I can tell who's crap is who's. If they don't
follow any of this I'm thinking about telling them they can take their garbage to the county waste station (25 minutes away and EXPENSIVE for small
household junk - like 500% more than what 5 families pay combined!).
I've wanted to say something for 5+ years but didn't want to cause a problem, already had some over their children and dogs (pits) but now I just
don't care. Has anyone else had similar issues and how would you suggest I handle this.