Tuesday, July 19, 2005

What's wrong with this picture? - Part V

About Quiz Entry #4:
This heap was set out for regular, weekly household trash collection. The desk on the left of the pile is sporting the fluorescent orange "rejection tag." Why?

The size and quantity of the material is just a bit more than what's expected for a regular weekly set-out. The resident should have requested a bulk trash collection. (Folks with County-provided trash service may request up to 5 bulk collections per year.) Bulk collections are made on your normal trash day.

Among the reasons why we ask you to request bulk service in advance:
- the crew then knows to expect a larger volume of material
- the crew is provided with a list of exactly what you want to have taken away (that helps prevent unpleasant surprises when the workers are uncertain about what they should take for disposal or not).

Another problem with the pile in this picture is that scrap metal and trash items are all jumbled together. Scrap metal and trash are collected by two different crews. These workers are not able to seperate out the materials for you. A jumbled pile would be another reason for leaving a rejection tag and not collecting the material.

Quiz Entry #5:

Monday, July 11, 2005

What's wrong with this picture? - Part IV

About Quiz Entry #3:
That washing machine is a fine-looking piece of... scrap metal. It's out there at the curb next to the trash, with the blue bin tucked into the far right of the photo. The thing is that while trash, yard trim, and blue bin pickups are made weekly, scrap metal collections are not automatic. Those pickups are made by request, and by a separate truck. There is no fee for the service, which is provided on your recycling day; we ask only that you ask for it at least one day before your recycling day. Putting in that request is as simple as completing our online form, or calling our Customer Service staff at 240-777-6410. Then, all you need to do is to get the washer (or whatever your scrap metal items are for that request) out to the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day.

Quiz Entry #4:

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Shipping pallets: Free for the taking

Shipping pallets are all you’ll need to build a large, wonderful, and effective compost bin.

To learn more about building a compost bin from pallets, see the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection's publication Composting With Pallets [pdf] or its Composting Homepage.

Update: Sorry, we no longer have pallets available. But, you may often find pallets by speaking to folks staffing loading docks.