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Old 10-27-2010, 08:32 AM
Status: "Wants to adopt another .45!" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Okay....so am I the only one here that looks at the new recycling containers for the City of New Braunfels, and wonders just what the blazes the City was thinking?!?? These things are HUGE - about 3' x 30+" - yeah, almost NINE SQUARE FEET of floor space - the same size as the trash cans!

Most folks' already leave their trash cans in the driveway because they have limited space in the garage - so now we get to look at TWO cans in the drive! Spent 15 minutes with my councilman on the phone yesterday, and frankly I'm about ready to either run against him myself, or find someone else that wants to - he's about as useless as teats on a boar hog when it comes to his thought process! I kept hammering on him about "what were you THINKING" on these things, and the best he could come up with was "you can request a smaller can".

He kept saying how he "hadn't seen any real problems" with the cans in the driveways. I asked if he'd been in our subdivision, and he commented that he ROUTINELY drives through it. Asked him if he hadn't noticed all the cans sitting by garage doors....he said "Yes" - well D'UH!!! He admitted he wouldn't like it in HIS 'hood - so I asked him "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING TO USE SUCH LARGE CONTAINERS?!?!" Dead silence.....

Locally, I've seen/read nothing but praise for this "new, innovative step" in articles in the Zeitung - then again, they may well have been written by the city and provided to 'em as "info articles"..... Maybe I'm the only one to look at this and be displeased....but I find that hard to believe.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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They just did what the city of San Antonio did. The 95 gallon carts seem to be the new industry standard. The fact that it will take a month to fill up (with actual recycling material) doesn't seem to matter.
We just negotiated a new contract in my area for a 35 gallon recycling cart. They will be much more manageable and it has the same footprint as the 18 gallon totes we had used in the past. Hopefully our residents will be happy.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Does the city have any kind of ordinance against the cans showing in the driveway?
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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No city ordnance that I'm aware of, but your HOA (if you have one) may have restrictions.

I fill my recycling can to the brim every week. The garbage we get away with putting out every couple of weeks.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:21 AM
Status: "Wants to adopt another .45!" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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No city ordnance, and frankly I'd hope it won't come to that. What they DO need, though, is some kind of educational effort to let folks' know that leaving trash cans in the driveway is unsightly and rude to the neighbors.
There's just 2 of us - neither can is in danger of being filled on a weekly basis, except perhaps at Christmas!
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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The rules state the following but unsure how enforceable these rules are and they also seem not written well:

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  • Place the cart out no earlier than 8 pm the day before collection
  • Place the cart out no later than 6:30 am on the day of collection
New Braunfels, TX - Official Website - Recycling

This is good news that more areas in the region are turning to recycling. It is also likely those who are into consuming/recycling will fill up theirs as we do ours already.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:05 AM
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Location: New Braunfels, TX
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We try hard to minimize any trash - always have. Not to do with any "earth" type movements, but because to me trash means I'm throwing something away - and throwing something away usually means throwing out something we spent money on, and are therefore wasting! You know us tightwad Germans.....
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:08 AM
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Location: San Antonio
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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.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Schertz, TX
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Okay....so am I the only one here that looks at the new recycling containers for the City of New Braunfels, and wonders just what the blazes the City was thinking?!?? These things are HUGE - about 3' x 30+" - yeah, almost NINE SQUARE FEET of floor space - the same size as the trash cans!
Meh... we have been recycling up in Canada for years with the same
size of bins for both recycling and trash.

Once you get into the recycling you will find as much and sometimes
more goes into that bin than your trash bin.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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We try hard to minimize any trash - always have. Not to do with any "earth" type movements, but because to me trash means I'm throwing something away - and throwing something away usually means throwing out something we spent money on, and are therefore wasting! You know us tightwad Germans.....
I figured this, which was why I added 'consuming', and well if you consume less and make less waste that is actually more helpful to the environment. Buying so many disposable products all take vast amounts of water to produce to begin with so is quite wasteful.

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.
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