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  •  Solutions? (7+ / 0-)

    I wonder what can be done to cut down on this plague?

    How about free, on-demand trash pick up?   Well, I mean tax-payer supported,  not free.   That might eliminate a good amount of roadside dumping.  It assumes, of course, that the local govt's actually give a damn.

    How about using the power of social media to post photos and requests for info?  Maybe someone knows who owned that heinous blue sofa?   Can these dumpers even be shamed?

    There must be something that would help....?  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 05:33:58 PM PST

    •  Local governments have had to raise trash fees (8+ / 0-)

      because of the tanking economy.

      There is an obvious downside to this... people don't want to pay $75 to throw a couch away.

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      by elfling on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 05:46:38 PM PST

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    •  Here in central NY state (3+ / 0-)
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      there is NO trash pickup by the county, EVER if you live out of Ithaca. I pay a private hauler for house trash, monthly plus by-the-bag. Christmas tree pickup? Not. Sofas, large stuff?. Nada. How am I supposed to fit a dead sofa in a Honda Accord?

      I am unhappy with the situation, but with more snow today, stuff disappears for a while. And I am not poor, but there are a few items in my yard that are embarrassing. A bike rack, some wheel covers and a 30 year-old bundle of shingles.

      Same thing true in Ontario where I own a cottage. Garbage bags can be thrown in the abandoned quarry, and other items packaged to be dumped/recycled off-site. but I have disposed of two refrigerators that I had to pay for, plus the pickup to take them away to eventually get the CFCs out (I hope).

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      by riverlover on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:29:53 AM PST

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      •  Sometimes you can find scrap metal dealers who (2+ / 0-)
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        will come to collect your old appliances and cars. They might even pay you for them too.

        I don't know what to do about the sofa. I suppose pull the cloth and foam off and bag it, burn the wood and recycle the springs.

        •  i have a couple fo friends who are scrappers (3+ / 0-)
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          for extra money. One took an old dryer out of my basement and got $25 for it. Why pay when you can make money?

          •  I have an idea. (0+ / 0-)

            I am not going to guess whether it's a good one or not, BUT...

            Perhaps we could make flyers, and post them at libraries, or on Kiosks at these hiking/camping areas telling people they can get money for some kinds of junk, and perhaps some addresses to any close recycling centers?

            25 or 50 Bucks is almost a tank of gas, a small bag of groceries, etc.,

            I know some people do it just to be shitty, but then again, some might not know that such options exist.

            I would also include the number for donation pickups for clothes, and furniture.

      •  Are there enough neighbors around (1+ / 0-)
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        to organize a yearly trash pick up?  You hire your own truck or hauling company.  It would take some organizing and maybe you could get a subsidy from an environmental group.  I'm not saying it would be easy, but if you and enough others thought it worthwhile, well, then maybe it would work.  

        It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

        by Radiowalla on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:59:00 AM PST

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    •  I don't want to criticize the diarist, (0+ / 0-)

      who has done a nice job with this, but really there's not enough recognition of the difficulties associated with being poor in a rural area where getting rid of big junk costs a lot.

      I'm not talking about the casual littering that's typical of some people, but rather the enforced disposal of items which can no longer be used but which can't be left to accumulate.

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      by rhutcheson on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:27:44 AM PST

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