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Old 05-27-2014, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:16 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Oh yes, that's the normal thing to do. The trash bins are out the night before. My recycle bin, however, is just a bin with no lid so I prefer to set it out in the morning so things don't go flying out in the wind, and vermin don't dig through it overnight.
Invest in a cover. You could probably find one that would work at a swimming pool store. Leave a note explaining to the workers to take it off and leave it inside the container.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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Invest in a cover. You could probably find one that would work at a swimming pool store. Leave a note explaining to the workers to take it off and leave it inside the container.
You have to be kidding!!!! Lids and trash pickup people have been at war for at least 60 years (The length of time I can remember my father trying to keep a lid with the can in spite of the trash men.) If you attach the lid to the can they will rip it off or refuse to pick it up. The rolling can I have has a lid that is hinged to the can and it only took a month for it to be ripped off. Within six months the hinges were completely gone. I replaced it last month with a can with a separate lid. When I put the can out for pickup I leave the lid back at the house. If the can fills up with rain that is their problem. Our recycling can has a permanently hinged lid but that can is provided by the county so it's their problem if it is damaged (They use a can lifter to dump it in the truck)

By the way we pretty much have to have our trash and recycling out the night before. Our trash gets picked up at 6:02 AM (we are the second house on the route) and Recycling often gets picked up about 7 AM but sometimes as late as 10 AM.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Legal or not, in our area that poor innocent neighbor would be charged for an additional can. All of ours are owned by the garbage company and have the hinged lid, emptied by their automated trucks, one for trash, the other for recycling.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Tuesday mornings in my neighborhood the trash & recycling bins are set out. By 8:30am the trucks have come by and emptied them.

Occasionally I forget to set out my recycling bin and at 8:15am I was brought to reality by the sound of the truck outside. "Too late, I missed it," I thought.

I had a thought to pack the manageably-sized bin into my car and drive up the street a bit and set it in front of a house that the collection truck hadn't visited yet, but would be there within a minute.

Then after my bin is empty, I'd drive it back home.

Illegal? Harmless? Both?

I know it's "illegal" to place your trash in someone else's bin. That's fairly understandable.

But what about my little idea? My own bin placed in front of another house for just a moment, probably hopefully unnoticed by anyone.
People forget that the homeowner is not the owner of the garbage can he/she sets on the curb each week for pickup. The trash collection company is. The trash collection company has the right to do whatever they want to with the can at any time. So you can put your trash in the can in front of the neighbor's house because he/she doesn't own the can. It might be tacky, but it certainly isn't illegal.
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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In our neighborhood, residents provide their own bins. My recycle bin is from the last county I lived in which handed bins out at the recycle center to those who asked for one.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:09 PM
 
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People forget that the homeowner is not the owner of the garbage can he/she sets on the curb each week for pickup. The trash collection company is. The trash collection company has the right to do whatever they want to with the can at any time. So you can put your trash in the can in front of the neighbor's house because he/she doesn't own the can. It might be tacky, but it certainly isn't illegal.
That isn't true everywhere. For example our trash service is paid for by the town but each resident provides the can (or box or pile of plastic bags :-)) Our Recycling is provided by the county and uses standard rolling bins that are assigned to the address.
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