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Old 07-16-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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Garbage strike, who's in the loop?

I have a question about the rules on the temporary garbage drop off...

As far as I know (from the city web site..), you're allowed to bring in garbage that you would normally put out in your residential garbage pickup (no industrial stuff, but just random garbage from your house that can't be recycled or placed in the green bin), as well as "green bin" stuff (ie. organics). And you're supposed to keep your recycling / yard waste at home I guess until they start picking that up again.

I've dropped off garbage succesfully at one site, where they were normal and didn't bother me (I just had 2 bags, threw them in like others were doing and left). This was at the beginning of the strike.

Anyways, today I went to a different one (at Lakeshore and Windermere) to drop off 2 more bags. One bag was filled with only organic green bin stuff. The other bag was just normal dry household garbage. They took the one I had the green bit stuff in no problem but the guy wouldn't take my other one.

He basically asked me what it was in there and I said just garbage from my house, nothing wet (as that stuff goes in green bin). He said they don't take that. He said they only take "kitchen stuff", stuff that's smelly, etc. He said for normal garbage (that one would put in the garbage bin on garbage day) I just have to keep it at my house, since it doesn't smell, and refused to take it.

Now, I didn't really want to talk back because I didn't really follow what they are supposed to take, and I don't like to argue when I don't even know what I'm talking about so I just left and took it to another site.

But anyways, now that I went home I looked online and I can't seem to find any truth to what he's saying. So can someone tell me if he's right, or if he's being a huge asshole ?

He kept on talking about how this is only for "emergency garbage" that will stink up the house, etc, and I asked him what I"m supposed to do with normal garbage then, and he said to keep it at home until garbage collection starts again. The problem with that is that a) I don't want to have a dump in my house / yard because these ****s are on strike, and b) I can only fit 2 garbage bags in the garbage bin for my house, for anymore I have to pay. So, if this keeps going on for a while I can't just simply put it in my garbage bin, I would have to buy more tags to put on the extra bags that I have stockpiled, which is complete bullshit as that s hit should have been picked up for free if it hadn't piled up at my house due to the strike.

Thing is, it didn't say any of that on the website... and I'm kind of pissed off now, since he should have taken my ****ing household garbage...

Edit: I actually just saw that if you have extra garbage when it resumes again you don't have to use tags, they'll take it for free. But my other point still stands.

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