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    why on earth is the city giving out these garbage cans and creating a new class of garbage of food scraps and leaves etc…. I’m sick of the corrupt city telling us what to do. They pound us with taxes and regulation even to fix a sidewalk which they give you a violation for then they require you to obtain a permit and pay for it!! or don’t fix it within 45 days and pay about 5x the amount of what it should cost because the city does it. this is absolutely ridiculous and I’m sick of it. The main reason we have these garbage cans is because someone gave deblasio a nice donation for his campaign and he then feels he can use your money to purchase it for you. and while he did that he probably paid an insane price for cans probably 10x what it would cost if you went to a hardware store (support small business). I hope everyone votes for BO Dietel for mayor an independent running against the NYC sewer system.


    As an explanation for those who aren’t in NYC, the Sanitation Department is rolling out curbside collection of compostable materials, i.e. yard waste and food scraps. Presumably the point is reduce the amount of garbage going into landfills, as well as to provide compost to the Parks Department.

    When NYC started curbside recycling, they did it on the cheap. Most communities provided bins, but NYC just handed out stickers that homeowners were instructed to put on garbage cans that they would need to pay for themselves. I suspect that they decided to provide the brown bins because regular garbage cans containing food waste would attract various creatures. They haven’t rolled out the program in my neighborhood yet, but I’ve seen the bins in my travels for several months. They always seem to be tightly sealed, and I never see flies around them. My only concern is that they’re too small for yard waste in neighborhoods where people actually have yards. I also wonder about including bones and the like, which are usually not composted.

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    The Frumguy

    I grew up in New Haven. Back in the 1950s and early 60s each house had a concrete liner in the ground with a removable waste pail for food garbage (it had a step on lid to open). The city put contract out to bid with pig farmers who bought and collected the food waste weekly.
    By the mid 1960s most homes had garbage disposals so the program was discontinued….no farmers bid as the amount of waste had fallen to far to make collection economically feasible.

    My current town collects leaves in the fall. Yard waste cannot be left for the garbagemen, either mulch it back into the lawn or bag it and take it to the transfer station yourself


    Food scraps?
    In garbage cans?
    That will be emptied once a week, maybe, if they have no reason to cancel pick up such as DeWitt Clinton’s birthday (nidche), in which case they’ll come back next Wednesday, or to be more precise on the next Wednesday (or Friday) when the moon is in its first quarter, for a total of at least 2.3 collections in any 6 month period (if it’s not a leap year, in which case 2.1)?
    In one word-


    I keep trying to throw out this useless brown garbage can but the trash collectors don’t want to take it 😩 ok seriously though, who left their brains at home the day this program was developed? Don’t they know New Yorkers are too busy and too short on space to create yet another trash receptacle in their faces? This one will go the way of the titanic… hope it happens soon.


    just spoke to a sanitation supervisor…. this is NOT MANDATORY…. you dont have to use these brown garbage cans….. what a stupid waist of money to give these out…..


    Sariray, if you New Yorkers can make time to eat bagels for every meal, you can spend an hour or two every day to save the environment.


    Not mandatory YET, you mean…


    They gave out the brown cans in our neighborhood right before Succos. One meal could have filled the can since they also want you to put in soiled paper plates. The size of the can is about the same as our standard, in the house, garbage cans. Clearly the DOS didn’t do it’s homework. If they had, they would have learned that in neighborhoods such as ours, where people eat at home more, prepare bigger meals and have more people (and guests) in their household, this is a complete joke. True, in theory I understand it, compost is good for the land and lessons the amount of things going into landfills. But who has the time to start sorting garbage beyond what we already have to do (paper and recycling)?


    Back in the 1950s and early 60s each house had a concrete liner in the ground with a removable waste pail for food garbage (it had a step on lid to open).

    We had these growing up and I never knew what they were for (was a bit later than the 60s). We would just hide stuff in there.

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