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Old 05-10-2018, 10:49 AM
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As a new resident of East Point after living in Atlanta for many years, my one complaint is that we only have recycling pickup every two weeks, and our recycling bins are smaller than our trash bins, which get picked up every week. This schedule encourages throwing things in the trash rather than recycling. They won't take glass, which I guess is the norm in most places now.

Fortunately, there's CHARM which is not too far and another recycling drop-off place nearby that takes just about everything, so I can use those to supplement the curbside pickup.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:07 AM
 
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City of Decatur does something to encourage recycling. They institute a "pay as you throw" model which means you have to buy their expensive trash bags or else the city wont take your trash. This way, they financially encourage you to recycle more and produce less trash.

It has changed my behavior regarding trash. I used to throw a ton of trash away each week when Dekalb county serviced my previous residence.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:13 AM
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City of Decatur does something to encourage recycling. They institute a "pay as you throw" model which means you have to buy their expensive trash bags or else the city wont take your trash. This way, they financially encourage you to recycle more and produce less trash.

It has changed my behavior regarding trash. I used to throw a ton of trash away each week when Dekalb county serviced my previous residence.
Yeah, Dekalb did the opposite when I lived there. You had to use the blue bags they provided. I don't remember if you had to buy the bags or if they were free, but getting them was a hoop to jump through in order to recycle.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:41 AM
 
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As a new resident of East Point after living in Atlanta for many years, my one complaint is that we only have recycling pickup every two weeks, and our recycling bins are smaller than our trash bins, which get picked up every week. This schedule encourages throwing things in the trash rather than recycling. They won't take glass, which I guess is the norm in most places now.
Will they take recycling from other containers? If our curbside bin fills up, we just put out the bin from inside the house beside it.

A positive: our private trash service still takes glass with the recycling.

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Fortunately, there's CHARM which is not too far and another recycling drop-off place nearby that takes just about everything, so I can use those to supplement the curbside pickup.
I need to look up some centers around us for bulk drop-off. Also need to find some electronics recycling.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:52 AM
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Will they take recycling from other containers? If our curbside bin fills up, we just put out the bin from inside the house beside it.

A positive: our private trash service still takes glass with the recycling.



I need to look up some centers around us for bulk drop-off. Also need to find some electronics recycling.
I don't know. Since we moved recently, we've had probably hundreds of boxes (moving boxes, boxes from things we've bought from Lowes or Amazon, etc.), so it'd be nice if we could leave a stack of boxes out there. Not so much an issue now that we're settled in, but it was crazy for a while.

For electronic recycling, CHARM is the best place intown. And there are electronic/paint recycling days around town at churches, rec centers, and other places every few months.

https://livethrive.org/charm/
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Old 05-10-2018, 02:02 PM
 
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We live in Seattle now, and what is really eye opening is the amount of compost (food waste), that we threw in the garbage before. Reduces your garbage amount quite a bit.
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Old 05-10-2018, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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A positive: our private trash service still takes glass with the recycling.
Our darn trash service stopped taking glass a year ago. I sorta think that stinks.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:23 AM
 
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Our darn trash service stopped taking glass a year ago. I sorta think that stinks.
Ours still takes glass. Not sure if it's the recycling people or regular trash since they pick up on the same day, but we put the glass in a separate bin.

Does Seattle have mandatory recycling laws? Japan does and ever since living there I got in to the habit of rinsing out containers before putting them in recycling.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:41 AM
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Our darn trash service stopped taking glass a year ago. I sorta think that stinks.
I do, too. The reason they don't is because they aren't making profit. Profit should never be the motive for reducing waste. It is a perfect example of how the priorities of our society are all out of whack.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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We live in Seattle now, and what is really eye opening is the amount of compost (food waste), that we threw in the garbage before. Reduces your garbage amount quite a bit.
I do the same. My grandmother taught me to compost food and other biodegradable waste (long before it was a popular thing). She never even owned a garbage disposal, and I rarely use mine.
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