How are you dealing with the new trash situation? Does your dog’s poop cause a smelly problem? Are creatures getting into the cans? Have you flushed food down the toilet so it doesn't sit around for days?
Patch readers have said it all this week in response to a countywide Patch poll asking readers if they are recycling more since the county switched to once-a-week trash pickup in early June.
As of Friday, nearly 700 people participated in the poll, and the majority of people said they are not recycling more with the new pickup schedule. Furthermore, not everyone is happy about the new situation.
Readers sounded off in the comments section on the various problems they are encountering with trash overload. While some readers praised the county for its recycling program, many people were angry about the stench of their trash that now sits around for a few extra days.
Here is a roundup of some of the comments left on Patch this week. To see what everyone had to say, check out the original article.
Kim: I have always been a good recycler, but the switch to once a week is horrible, since many in my neighborhood are still putting trash out for a Monday pick up and it sits there until our trash/recycling day on Thurs. Animals are getting into the trash and causing a mess (not to mention - smell)
Hlnkid: Never much needed that second day of trash collection really, not with the great way we can recycle in AA county (just toss it all together!). Actually it would be nice to have a second day of RECYCLE collection eventually. Try recycling in Queen Anne's County. You have to go to the tiny dump and seperate bottles by COLOR. Yikes! Great job, AA County with the recycle program. Love it!
Crofton Resident: I'm recycling more but I just hate having stinky trash sitting around for an entire week even if I don't fill the bag all the way. In my townhouse with a very small back yard there aren't very good options for storing a bag that has food scraps in it. The flies and other critters that will get into the garbage will be eating good in AA County.
Carolyn Blakeney: If you do not have a compost pile or a garbage disposal, the food scraps can get flushed down the toilet (not bones though- but I don't eat meat, so it's a mute point for me). That's where they would end up anyway if you had eaten them, right? I do not put ANY food scraps in the trash, ever, so the trash does not become stinky.
Dena: I'm sorry but there is no way I'm flushing food down the toilet. Plus we eat crabs several times a week & I think I would clog up the sewer. We live near the water and already have a problem with mice. Having a compost bin is not going to help it all stinks too :( I would like to take all my crab waste and put it on the counties doorstep!
Carol B: Amen!!! I scoop my dog’s poop--would anyone like to deal with that, after a week baking in 90+ sunshine??? I live in a townhouse without a garage---my lower level (in the back, where my trash bins are) is down an unpaved slope one story from the front. I'm over 50--and on my own. What do you geniuses expect me to do with the trash that accumulates and stinks for a week, before you come to pick it up???
Dawn: I don't understand the reasoning behind this. "They" say going to once a week collection is to encourage people to recycle more. What does not make sense to me, is that you still have the same amount to pick up whether its trash or recyclables. If you are doing more recycling, yes you have less trash, but you have that much more in the recycle bin. Once a week trash pick up is for the government to save money, not to recycle more.
Jody: I haven't noticed any difference in the amount we recycle but what I have noticed is that my one bag of trash that sits for the week is now crawling with maggots. Constantly. And this is even after all the scraps go down the garbage disposal. Horrible!
Susan Kim: Last weekend, my fiancée attached wheels to our bin. Works great! He followed their instructions.
Ann: Since those in charge obviously do not care about our trash sitting around all week stinking up everything, I decided I did not care about recycling. I now throw everything into all the bins. I like how "they" are saving money...... Again no thought process by those in charge. Brains people!!
- POLL: Once-a-Week Trash Collection
- Once-a-Week Trash Collection Starts June 4
- Pasadena: Top 10 Comments from Once-A-Week Trace Facebook Discussion
- Edgewater-Davidsonville: Top 10 Comments from Once-A-Week Trash Facebook Discussion
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to correct the results of the poll. Patch regrets the error.