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Old 10-27-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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FWIW, if the list of items that are recyclable is the same as San Antonio's, you'll probably find each week that your recycle bin is more full than your trash bin. I could never imagine that until we got our bins.
I know! It is so true. We didn't have recycling at our condo in Houston, so when we bought our house and had this huge bin, I thought, "How am I going to fill this?" I am shocked at how much we recycle now! We did find out that you can't put pizza boxes in (because of the grease I guess), which was really, really disappointing to me, what a waste (not for us personally, but think of how many people eat pizza). But, the ratio of recyclables to trash is amazing. We don't have nearly the trash we used to have.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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My guess is you make plenty of homemade meals and maybe even hunt your own food lol well maybe not always but minimizing trash is better than producing it.
Let's just say that Bambi will never die of old age around me....

I guess part of my larger issue is the sheer size of these cans. I did call and arrange for a smaller one to be delivered, but it's simply amazing to me how folks are dealing with all of this.

When we went to the "automatic" cans (operator stays in the truck, mechanical arm does the work), I was enthused - it's a dirty, nasty job and one that injures a lot of folks. What amazed me was folks that would place the can backwards (even though instructions came with the cans AND they're imprinted on top of the can lid), stuff 'em to overflowing because they wouldn't be bothered to break down boxes, etc. - and then leave them on their driveway by their garage doors. I mean, c'mon folks - show SOME class!

Oh, well....I think I'll go to the range and "kill" a few targets this afternoon....get my frustrations out!
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Schertz, TX
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I guess part of my larger issue is the sheer size of these cans. I did call and arrange for a smaller one to be delivered, but it's simply amazing to me how folks are dealing with all of this.
Whats the deal... everything is bigger in Texas.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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What amazed me was folks that would place the can backwards (even though instructions came with the cans AND they're imprinted on top of the can lid), stuff 'em to overflowing because they wouldn't be bothered to break down boxes, etc. - and then leave them on their driveway by their garage doors. I mean, c'mon folks - show SOME class!!
Mom says lately that the drivers are leaving notes on folks' bins who have an issue or two with them: anything from putting leaves in the recycling bin to the bin overflowing! I don't blame the driver one bit!
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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It is a big bin for me, and I have hard time to fill it monthly - but I am happy that we do have some recycling plan and gladly participate. Houston has the same bins, however the bins have bar codes and computer identification chips that are used to weight the amount of waste recycled by each household. Residents redeem their points online, for prizes.
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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It is a big bin for me, and I have hard time to fill it monthly - but I am happy that we do have some recycling plan and gladly participate. Houston has the same bins, however the bins have bar codes and computer identification chips that are used to weight the amount of waste recycled by each household. Residents redeem their points online, for prizes.
I'm seeing stars! Rewards; love it!
Can we petition for this? Where do I sign?!?
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:31 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Hmmmm....okay, color me ornery - but it's one more data collection point on the part of government - and that makes me nervous.
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Hmmmm....okay, color me ornery - but it's one more data collection point on the part of government - and that makes me nervous.
I just shrug my shoulders. If they find out I drink a lot of soda because of all the empty cans in the recycling bin, I guess. Rewarding me for something I like to do anyways and perhaps an incentive for those motivated by freebies and are not recycling at this point.
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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I hear you....guess I just am concerned with privacy issues. Most folks aren't any more - but I'd be way tempted to do things just to skew their numbers....
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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but I'd be way tempted to do things just to skew their numbers....
hmm...concocting diabolical master plan to leave bottle caps on soda bottles, caps on glass jars...got it.
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