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Trash amidst High Winds recently

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by Capricorn1964, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Active Member

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    Well -- this is NOT the first time I had to drag up the trash in my backyard due to idiots NOT tying up their trash bags and/OR close down the Trash Bins.

    Over the years, I have collected such stuff as:

    # Credit reports from credit card companies (Surprised some don't even SHRED their financial reports
    # Grade Reports for some of their kids (Interesting that some of the kids grades were rather very poor and parent's throwing it in trash without shredding it)
    # Boxes from Amazon (They didn't even bother to break it down to put in a secure bin or other area.)
    # Even a box from a sex shop store- I'll spare you guys the details that were on the box
    # Pharmacy receipts attached to bag *(Names were on the receipts along with the kind of medicine -- Note: With HIPAA, why aren't you shredding your stuff so you don't want anyone to know your medical history....well, now I know what the person's medical history is on the receipt)
    # Milk Plastic Jugs
    # Newspapers
    # Letters
    # School homework papers
    # Work papers
    # Plastic bags from various grocery stores (I have a couple that got stuck in my trees VERY high up and I cannot get them down--not even with a VERY tall ladder).

    So...for those that are worried about the SENSITIVE stuff that arrived in my backyard--since they landed on my property, I have the right to look at them before I throw them in the trash yet again UNSHREDDED. Its YOUR responsibility to shred/destroy/bag up this stuff before it gets OUT. If you value your privacy, then get hopping and buy a shredder. If you don't like your neighbors reading/learning about your medical / school history or other stuff like that, then shred the crap.

    Lastly, when are people going to learn how to bag/breakdown boxes / Secure your trash??

    HOA-- Can you guys start patrolling neighborhoods and start insisting on people not OVERFLOWING their trash bins as I cannot count how many times the trash lids are partially open because people overpack their trash bins enabling the winds to blow the trash around and about? Also when are you guys going to start requiring people to break down the boxes and put them in the recycling bins? Leaving them around and about the bins only to have them blow into people's backyards is just annoying AND idiotic.

    My last neighborhood ten years ago had a very strict rule about how trash was to be stored at the curb. They regularly fined neighbors for violating the trash rules and it really made a difference because then people didn't have to clean up their backyards for trash. Can the HOA consider this because I and Im sure others are getting tired of having to clean up after others' idiotic actions.
     
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  2. Tech91

    Tech91 Member

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    Well stated Capricorn1964. I can't tell you how many times I too have cleaned up my neighbor's trash. I second that the HOA should patrol on windy trash days. While patrolling, can the HOA write up those neighbors who still have pumpkins on their stoops?! :angryfire:
     
  3. Sunstoner

    Sunstoner Southern Walk||IMPERIUM IN IMPERIO||Not OB||

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    Jeez, the next time the agencies send their background investigators out to do clearance checks, they should come visit you, Cap.

    I have some questions though, maybe a bit rhetorical. Why aren't the recycle bins larger than they are? Why can't our trash contractor pick up recycle on both Monday and Thursday?

    Having the pickups occur when they did right after New Year's left a lot of folks in a tough spot. Think about it... a Holiday Party right before Christmas... Then go away (out of town), then come back, no trash pick-up on 12/25 or 1/1, then a super-windy and cold day on 1/4 and there you have it.
     
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  4. shim

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    Corn, are you selling paper shredders now? I haven't seen you this worked up since people talked inside the movie theatre. Give em hell, keep up the good fight!
     
  5. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Active Member

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    Well, I wish I could sell them if I had the monopoly on the shredders...but Im trying to point out that it just amazes me that people don't think about privacy these days. I own two shredders and believe me, I shred even credit card offer letters....because my name is on them and anyone can fill them out and put a different address on them and send them in.

    I just wish, wish, wish folks would start taking ownership of their own trash and ensure that their trash bins are secure--- Im just TIRED of having to clean up after their mess that they failed to secure. And I don't want to have to "read" through the papers that I pick up strewn around my yard as well. Some of the papers aren't crumpled up -- its just laying there on my yard for anyone to read clearly- Its ridiculous how people aren't secure about their own stuff yet they get mad that a credit reporting company gets hacked *tongue in cheek here*
     
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    Capricorn1964 Active Member

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    Maybe they only do recycling once a week due to cost? I dunno but I recycle ALOT of stuff and if I have too much that causes my BIN lid to not close, I bag it and wait til the next time they come. Come to think of it, if they had too much recyclables, then perhaps they could hold it in their garage for another day that they can put it out. I don't see why they can't buy another recycle bin --I don't think there are any rules against having TWO bins? Perhaps you can call the Trash company to inquire about that? Im sure that some families are extremely large that they have to recycle more requiring additional bins?

    If I find that its going to be VERY windy, I don't even put out anything on the curb as I don't want my trash/recycling stuff strewn all over the place--its just idiotic to do that. As for the boxes, I try to cut it down to size and put it into the recycle bin- Remember, most houses have garages here so there is plenty of space to keep it in until the next go around...simple.
     
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    Capricorn1964 Active Member

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    Pumpkins on the stoops in January?!?!?! Mmmmmkkaaaaayyyyy.
     
  8. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Years ago, Patriot collected and replaced the bins with large, lidded, recycle cans. If you don't have one, call them and ask for one. They will bring you one.
     
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    I'm a little confused. I don't see how this will solve the problem, at least on my street. What happens here is the wind is strong enough to blow the cans over, the tops are loose enough to swing open, loose trash or recycling falls out and gets blown around, and the (sideways) cans get blown down the street. To stand a chance of stopping the problem of trash or recycling blowing all over when the cans topple, the lids need to be tight enough or have some sort of latch.
     
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    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    The cans are better than the little bins some people still use.
     
  11. JLC

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    On windy days we ignore the arrow on the top of the lid that tells which direction to point the bin. We face them so the wind is not blowing against the lid opening and that works to keep the lid from being lifted open. It helps to cut down on blow away trash/recycling.
     
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    They may be better if the problem is only loose recycling getting blown out of the container but cans are no help when the problem is the cans get blown over and blown down the street for a block or so. Then both trash and recycling get spread all over. (I have pictures that show this.)
     
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    Use a small piece of duct tape on the lid on windy days. It works for me every time. I keep a roll in my garage for this specific purpose. Maybe the Association should give every homeowner one roll of duct tape to help spread this best practice, only takes a second and it sure beats trash blowing around the neighborhood...
     
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    The containers on my street are overflowing because boxes are tossed in whole preventing them from closing it. People are just lazy and now you want to pay for pickup twice a week? Geesh, get out the pacifiers.
     
  15. jwf

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    Maybe we need recycling picked up twice and regular trash once now. I don't know about other houses but in mine 90% of our trash is recycle now.

    I mean it can be weeks before I need to put out my regular trash bin but every week my recycling bin is over flowing.
     
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    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    REDUCE
    : The best way to manage waste is to not produce it. This can be done by shopping carefully and being aware of a few guidelines:
    • Buy products in bulk. Larger, economy-size products or ones in concentrated form use less packaging and usually cost less per ounce.
    • Avoid over-packaged goods, especially ones packed with several materials such as foil, paper, and plastic. They are difficult to recycle, plus you pay more for the package.
    • Avoid disposable goods, such as paper plates, cups, napkins, razors, and lighters. Throwaways contribute to the problem, and cost more because they must be replaced again and again.
    • Buy durable goods – ones that are well-built or that carry good warranties. They will last longer, save money in the long run and save landfill space.
    • At work, make two-sided copies when ever possible.
    • Maintain central files rather than using several files for individuals.
    • Use electronic mail or main bulletin board.
    • Remove your name from the mailing lists of materials you no longer want to receive: write to Mail Preference Service, c/o Direct Marketing Assoc., P.O. Box 90008, Farmingdale, NY 11735.
    • Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
    • Use a dish cloth instead of paper towels.
    REUSE: It makes economic and environmental sense to reuse products. Sometimes it takes creativity:
    • Reuse products for the same purpose. Save paper and plastic bags, and repair broken appliances, furniture and toys.
    • Reuse products in different ways. Use a coffee can to pack a lunch; use plastic microwave dinner trays as picnic dishes.
    • Sell old clothes, appliances, toys, and furniture in garage sales or ads, or donate them to charities.
    • Use reseal able containers rather than plastic wrap.
    • Use a ceramic coffee mug instead of paper cups.
    • Reuse grocery bags or bring your own cloth bags to the store. Do not take a bag from the store unless you need one.
    RECYCLE: Recycling is a series of steps that takes a used material and processes, remanufactures, and sells it as a new product. Begin recycling at home and at work:
    • Buy products made from recycled material. Look for the recycling symbol or ask store managers or salesmen. The recycling symbol means one of two things – either the product is made of recycled material, or the item can be recycled. For instance, many plastic containers have a recycling symbol with a numbered code the identifies what type of plastic resin it is made from. However, just because the container has this code does not mean it can be easily recycled locally.
    • Check collection centers and curbside pickup services to see what they accept, and begin collecting those materials. These can include metal cans, newspapers, paper products, glass, plastics and oil.
    • Consider purchasing recycled materials at work when purchasing material for office supply, office equipment or manufacturing.
    • Speak to store managers and ask for products and packaging that help cut down on waste, such as recycled products and products that are not over packaged.
    • Buy products made from material that is collected for recycling in your community.
    • Use recycled paper for letterhead, copier paper and newsletters

    http://www.sustainablesanantonio.com/practices-technology/reduce-reuse-recycle/
     
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    My neighbor doesn't even use a can...just throws the white kitchen trash bag at the curb for the birds to pick at. The birds opened the bag earlier today and now there are avocado skins and a bunch of other food left at the curb. And nope, these neighbors WILL NOT clean it up!
     
  18. Capricorn1964

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    Is this a townhouse community? You may want to take a picture of it and send it to the HOA- along with the address. Im sure they would be interested in handling it.
     
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    From my interpretation of the Lawn and Yard Maintenance enforcement section of the HOA covenants, compliance is to be done within 10 days of notification, unless a hearing is requested (which gives up to another 14 days). The timeline is 10 - 24 days too long, especially if it is for a repeat offender.
     
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    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Take pictures - at a minimum, they'll provide enough evidence to warrant a letter. I wish I had when my neighbors dirty diapers were scattered everywhere...so glad they moved. :fight2:
     

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