|1/5/22 Trash bins across the street that had waited all week|
to be picked up. Maple Leaf neighborhood.
Our regular pickup day is Thursday. Neighbors who were
either overly optimistic or uninformed put their bins out in the snow that
morning as usual. Per the memo, we waited until Friday to put ours out, but our
street was still as snow-covered as ever, so we didn’t have high expectations
that the trucks would come by. They didn’t.
We all left our bins out in the snow all weekend. By Monday, we figured the utilities would simply get back on their normal schedule, which means we wouldn’t expect them until Thursday. Optimists that we all are, however, everyone on our block simply left all the bins out, just in case they did come. The good news: The temperature stayed near freezing the whole time, so at least the food waste didn’t smell bad.
|1/8/22 Soggy cardboard|
Follow-up: Although the landfill waste and yard waste were picked up, the recycling was not. A few days after I made the sketch above, our morning walk revealed that everyone’s recycle bins were overstuffed and overflowing with all the cardboard boxes that had contained holiday gifts. The heavy rain for several days before was already beginning to turn some of the cardboard into pulp.