Friendly reminder to put wrcstr in your feed reader! I’ve been trying to put up a post every day or so, as have Mike & Tracy.
Also, I was interviewed for this article. I don’t have much to add (except that, while I did have about 25 volunteers show up in the spring, there were nowhere near that many this past Saturday).
I do try to stay positive about the whole trash situation (mostly because no one really wants to hear me whine!) and I’d like to remind people that it’s really quite cheap to dispose of all manner of waste via DPW’s Residential Drop-Off Center. (Three dollars for a tire, seven dollars for a mattress. Not that I’m pointing any fingers, former-owner-of-a-king-sized-pink-mattress!)
Did you know that asphalt roof shingles can be recycled? My friend C., who helped me with a whole roof’s worth of those very items this weekend, said there’s a place in Fitchburg that will take them. So — to the person who dumped them (and, incidentally, I have all your contact information from the manilla folder’s worth of invoices you conveniently left for us to find!) — I don’t want your roof shingles, my neighbors don’t want your roof shingles, and the wee beasties who live in these woods really don’t want your roof shingles…but Recycle America does want your roof shingles.
For those of you who have been waiting to hear how easy it is for DPW to help with a cleanup, here’s what I did:
1) I called a DPW mucky-muck’s office, described what I wanted to do (have a fall cleanup) and left a message.
2) Received a call back approximately two or three hours later from Jim. He told me just to let him know after the cleanup occured, and to collect the trash in a place where his trucks could reach.
3) We had the cleanup on Saturday. My wheelbarrow and I took care of a few loose ends yesterday morning (and this morning).
4) I called Jim yesterday afternoon and told him he could pick things up whenever.
5) I spoke with him at noon today…and he told me he’d already sent the trucks to pick up the trash. They’ve picked up everything (!) but the aforementioned asphalt shingles, which they need a claw for. How’s that for customer service!
Yes, we still needed to pick up the trash. Yes, we still needed to put it in a couple of central locations. There is no magic wand that can be waved to get rid of this much trash. However, I have found that the only effective way to get rid of it is to stop complaining and start doing. All the wishing in the world won’t get as much done as Bob Q, me, a wheelbarrow, and a couple of hours.