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Old 03-20-2015, 01:45 PM   #4021
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When I was a kid, the trash men would come around early and take you barrels out to the curb for you. An hour later the truck would come around and collect the trash. For food items, there was a small barrel in the ground with a lid on it. You stepped on the handle of the lid and it would open. You didn't have to bend to open it and get a whiff of the garbage. The city sold the food garbage to the piggeries outside the city.

Now, you put out your own barrels/trash bags. The city provides different colored barrels that are separate for your for recyclable items. Glass, paper/cardboard, and metal. You have to put a hefty deposit on the barrels. But you get it back if you return it, if and when you move from the city. Food items go into your trash. No more separate collections. Some yards still have the little garbage cans in the ground. Kids always ask about it. Each section has an appointed day for pickup. If there is a Monday holiday, your pickup will happen the next day after your regular day. Our day is Thursday. For weeks that have a Monday holiday, pickup will happen on Friday.
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:23 PM   #4022
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We have the Waste Management company here, they provide 2 bins - one for garbage and the other for recycling. All recycling goes in the one bin and they sort it at the facility. They have a program where they'll pay for unwanted electronics, I'm not exactly sure how that works, I've never used it. The consumer probably just takes them to the facility on the edge of town.

We get billed every 2 months, it's around $45. each billing cycle. 4 times a year they'll pick up things that are too large for the bins, anything after that we have to call and schedule a separate pick up, for a fee. Not sure how much the fee is, I've never had to do that.

The trucks have those big electronic arms that pick up the bins, and there are cameras that record what falls into the truck, and a monitor in the cab so the driver can watch what goes is. The camera records the bin number identifying the customer. I think all garbage trucks have those cameras nowadays - I think it's mainly to identify large things that shouldn't be thrown away - TV's, bodies , and not to catch the occasional glass bottle or jar that gets thrown in the garbage instead of recycled.

Who knew there could be such an ongoing conversation about trash in petty vents...?
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:31 PM   #4023
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Who knew there could be such an ongoing conversation about trash in petty vents...?
I love trash talk... :)
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:02 PM   #4024
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I love trash talk... :)
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:09 PM   #4025
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I guess I do too, Roadfix!
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:24 PM   #4026
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I have a telephone for my printer/fax. I fax my "at home" medical information to Winthrop. I wanted to pay the bill on line like I do for two other bills I have. Verizon wants $3.25 for every time I pay on line. No thanks. A postal stamp is so much cheaper. I am sorry, but they are not going to get rich on me.
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:39 PM   #4027
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I have a telephone for my printer/fax. I fax my "at home" medical information to Winthrop. I wanted to pay the bill on line like I do for two other bills I have. Verizon wants $3.25 for every time I pay on line. No thanks. A postal stamp is so much cheaper. I am sorry, but they are not going to get rich on me.
I think they are idiots. It costs them less to process a bill that is paid online, than to process a cheque in an envelope.
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:20 PM   #4028
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I have a telephone for my printer/fax. I fax my "at home" medical information to Winthrop. I wanted to pay the bill on line like I do for two other bills I have. Verizon wants $3.25 for every time I pay on line. No thanks. A postal stamp is so much cheaper. I am sorry, but they are not going to get rich on me.
Crazy thing is, I pay my Verizon wireless bill online without a fee (auto pay).

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Old 03-20-2015, 05:44 PM   #4029
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I use my credit union's free online bill payer service to pay all my bills. Now when I write checks it's for gifts.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:57 PM   #4030
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I still pay my bills by check, in the mail, the old fashioned way. Some I pay in person, like Kohls, since I'm going there anyway. The only time I make a payment online is if I forget to mail one soon enough for the due date, then I will go online and pay it. One time I was late with paying my Discover card and now they send me an email every month to remind me. LOL Verizon is another story. They send me a bill in the mail. I send them a payment in the mail. They also send me my bill by email, then they send me a text to let me know my bill is available online. Talk about overkill.

These companies WANT you to switch over to electronic billing and paying. So why don't they offer a discount for it? I remember when I tried to pay my dog license online and they wanted a $2.50 fee to pay for a $4 dog license. Instead the dog died and saved me the money.
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