Is it possible to throw out a garbage can?

If you are a regular reader you know my unhealthy obsession fascination with other people’s garbage. I am not sure if it is my neighborhood or the fact that I walk every morning before the garbage is picked up, but I have found some of the most amazing things sitting by the curb. I need to do a garbage round-up post soon so you can see what I mean.

Today I came across this gem. Monday is not a garbage day in my neighborhood. The last pick-up was Saturday. Which means that these people have left this here in hopes that tomorrow’s collection day will bring them some luck. Is it an undocumented phenomenon that it is literally impossible to throw out a garbage can? Notice the contents are gone but the can remains; even with a clearly marked note on the can. Are they not allowed to take the can or is it a big FU for not tipping at the holidays?

I have tried to do this before. It is not easy to get these guys to take the can. And this one seems to be in great shape, other than being sans lid which I am guessing is what is rendering it useless in the land of cats and raccoons.

I suggest first making a more elaborate sign, maybe one with some humor to catch their attention. Or maybe standing outside when the truck comes and begging. Or perhaps taping a little envelope to the signage with some incentive in it and a clearly marked dollar sign.

Any other suggestions?

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6 responses to “Is it possible to throw out a garbage can?

  1. In Soviet Russia, trash take out YOU!

  2. So wasteful… no pun intended. At least recycle the darn thing… it’s plastic.

    • i would imagine there would be the same problem trying to recycle it. perhaps reuse would be in order. collect rainwater for the garden, use for compost, keep yard tools in it…

  3. Uncle Neal

    Adapting that famous movie line, “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”, they are going to need a bigger trash can in which to place the one they want to throw out. Sort of like those Russian doll sets that fit inside of each other.

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