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Should You Pay For Your Garbage?
« on: August 24, 2008, 09:50:51 PM »

If you have more trash than can fit in a single can, should you pay extra to get rid of it? You would if you lived in Austin, Tex., one of thousands of communities nationwide that has switched to a “Pay As You Throw” (PAYT) system. Traditionally, households paid a set yearly fee for trash disposal, or the costs were covered by property taxes. But 25% of Americans now pay for trash collection based on how much they use it, the way most of us pay for water and electricity.

PAYT systems vary widely, with some towns using special bags, cans, or stickers and charging anywhere from less than a dollar to more than $2 per bag. Advocates of PAYT cite studies that show it encourages recycling and reduces the waste in landfills by up to 17%. Opponents argue that it penalizes those on fixed incomes and that it can lead to illegal garbage dumping. They also point out that store packaging accounts for a lot of consumer waste and say it’s unfair to make households foot the bill to dispose of it. In Austin, pick-up costs $11.75 a month for a 30-gallon can or $14.50 for 60 gallons; anything that won’t fit costs extra. Resident Jacci Howard Bear says she now thinks twice before throwing things away, especially if they could be recycled. “Extra garbage stickers cost $2 each,” she says. “Trust me, it adds up fast.” Tell us: Should Americans pay by the bag for garbage disposal?

I’m afraid people would illegally dump stuff and others may just let garbage accumulate.
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May be what happened to the other libs as well.

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This is the only way to answer some of the questions posed:

1) I did nothing to warrant the banishment, it's political.

2) It's the router that's blocked but considering all the nonsense right-wing games being played by those running the's just not worth it to bypass the banishment block.

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Re: Should You Pay For Your Garbage?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008, 10:14:54 PM »

I already pay a fixed rate for a set number of cans out to the curb per week.  I believe I can pay extra for more cans as needed but I never have.  Normally I don't even have the max number of cans out, and on the occasion I do have way more trash (mostly from decluttering the house) I just take a couple weeks and max out the cans then it's gone.

Honestly I pay less for garbage pick up than many of my friends in other counties who have even less cans max they can put out.  Given my situation I'm not complaining.
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