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Old 01-30-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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It just doesn't make sense to me, keep buying plastic just to put garbage or recyclables in it and throw it all away. Besides, relative to their cost, their price is high.

Anyone has a better idea?
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Unbagged garbage in a leaking rusted metal can like we used to do.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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For recycling (if you have a local drop off center) we use those big plastic totes that people use for storage. You have to rinse your cans and such to keep ants away but you can toss ALOT of stuff into one of those. For the rest of my household garbage, I compost alot and the rest gets put into plastic grocery bags and tossed into the outdoor can. I haven't bought garbage bags in years.
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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Bury it in your back yard
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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...or throw it out the window as you're speeding down the highway at 80 mph!
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Why do you say blue or black? They make clear, brown and white, but I sense that's not the issue.

My mother lives in a city which will only pick up trash in a blue trash bag with the approved marking stamped on the side. I suppose that is in lieu of the city levying an additional trash tax.

I have a few suggestions.

*If you don't have a garbage disposal, consider one.

*If your city or town will allow you to start a compost pile and you have the
room, do so. I have one and get rid of a lot of food scraps that way.

*Be meticulous in your recycling efforts.

*Keep a plastic store bag in your car and when it'd full, dispose of it
elsewhere rather than take it into the house to add to your household trash
load. That could be anything from a take out coffee cup to battery packaging.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:11 PM
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We used to use paper bags from the grocery, but that gets messy. Due to the way the trash cans are emptied, if they're not bagged somehow they will spill out. Perhaps they are making trash bags of recycled materials. Or maybe they will start using one of the corn based plastics which can be broken down.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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Burn it. That's what we used to do out in the country.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:42 PM
 
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I quit buying them years ago. I just use the plastic grocery bags that come my way. I don't even try to get them, it seems like they just appear from nowhere. The handles can be used to tie the bag up fairly tightly and if I have something leaky, I might double- or triple-bag it. I have to go to the big trash container outside more often but it saves money and I feel much better about not buying all that plastic.

Sometimes, if I have any lying around I'll use medium-sized cardboard boxes for trash containers. Or the cardboard containers that 12-packs of drinks come in.
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Gerania View Post

*If you don't have a garbage disposal, consider one.
Some cities are banning installation of new disposals, or even the replacement of a disposal that finally gives it up and fails. (Raleigh NC).

Some areas use blue bags to indicate recycling. Some areas use recycling bins.

The mayor wants to ban all plastic shopping bags used in every retail store from groceries to auto parts.

On the other hand the city requires that all garbage placed in the 90 Gal. cans for pickup be in plastic bags.
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