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  •  Our area has both trash collection and code (7+ / 0-)

    enforcement. And there's a dump where you can take recycling for free, but you have to pay for trash, about $5 per large trash bag or any can (large cans have an obvious advantage).

    And of course cans and bottles have a deposit - you can get cash for them.

    And even so... I had a tenant accumulate a huge pile of beer cans behind the house. Not a tidy pile like it was going for recycling - they were just thrown back there and they mixed with leaves and rain and dirt. How hard would it have been to put them in a bin?

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:07:45 PM PST

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    •  Well there are always going to be people (5+ / 0-)

      who just don't give a shit, and are sloppy and generally just plain gross. But I'm talking about the rural backwoods towns Keith is referring to, where it appears to be a more widespread problem.

      And as has been pointed out in comments downthread, the biggest culprits are actually contractors, and it's not unusual to just dump their waste in any open space they can find, even if it's just some poor person's backyard.

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      by SwedishJewfish on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:29:33 PM PST

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      •  I do live in the rural backwoods :-) (1+ / 0-)
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        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:33:46 PM PST

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      •  I live in one of the most beautiful (3+ / 0-)
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        countrysides in the world. We have fortnightly rubbish collection, once a year large trash collection, and collection stations every few miles for the leftovers. Still we get people who do what they call fly tipping here. Depressing, but it does seem to be associated with lower education, poverty, and what could be described as a lack of concern for the country as a whole. It's a problem in rural areas, but plagues poorer urban ones* as well.
        *The Black Country referred to here is in the former industrial and coal mining areas of the English Midlands.

        "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

        by northsylvania on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:36:08 AM PST

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