Locating waste bins STT?  

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Tiamichaud
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August 20, 2017 8:25 pm  

I'm sure this question must have already been asked, but I couldn't find it when I searched the forum.
How can I find the waste bins where we take our trash on STT? Is there a map somewhere? I've seen a few of them, but would like to find the nearest one to me.
Also, do people buy garbage cans to keep outside? If so, where do you get these? And finally: how do you keep your car clean and garbage-smell-free when transporting your garbage?

Thanks!


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Scubadoo
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August 20, 2017 9:52 pm  

I'm sure Alana can help with the locations. YOu might find something at http://www.viwma.org/ I have a dumpster to walk to on STX but in the states, the smelly/kitchen trash goes into a big sealed black plastic garbage bag and goes into the trunk and doesn't make a mess. All the paper/recyclables, stuff that doesn't smell or make a mess, goes into bins or separate recyclable paper bags and goes into the trunk. While there's no recycling yet to speak of in the VI separating the stuff out still makes hauling to the dump easier. We typically have way more recycle stuff than kitchen/smelly stuff to deal with and there's no rush to get the recycle stuff to the dump.


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August 20, 2017 11:07 pm  

I'm sure this question must have already been asked, but I couldn't find it when I searched the forum.
How can I find the waste bins where we take our trash on STT? Is there a map somewhere? I've seen a few of them, but would like to find the nearest one to me.
Also, do people buy garbage cans to keep outside? If so, where do you get these? And finally: how do you keep your car clean and garbage-smell-free when transporting your garbage?

Thanks!

We go to the dump with the windows wide open and the bags tightly sealed, making sure there are no leaks. We also keep real smelly stuff like chicken bones in a bag in the fridge until we are ready to make the trash run. We do go often, so smell usually isn't a problem. But our site is nearby. We also separate our dry vs icky trash out of old recycling habit. It is easier and we use fewer plastic bags that way.

Last I checked, which was a while ago, Home Depot had trash containers.


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Wolverine888
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August 21, 2017 6:41 am  

Ha ha, great suggestions and I'm also thinking these 42 gallon 3 mil contractor cleanup bags... they're more expensive than regular trash bags but once fastened with a plastic zip tie, they are impervious to smell (but not rodents)

https://www.amazon.com/Husky-HK42WC020B-42-Gallon-Contractor-Clean-Up/dp/B000KKKPF0


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August 21, 2017 10:07 am  

Yeah they work well, especially if you have sharp/pointy stuff. Even the lighter black ones which are still thicker than the kitchen bags work OK for typically household trash. I put the bags from the house (several) into the black bags so they are doubled up.


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August 21, 2017 1:41 pm  

I clocked my distance to the dumpster at 6miles round trip.
I dump perishables every single day. I'm on the island 250 days a year. That's 1500 miles annually just to get rid of garbage. Does anybody do composting here? I am concerned about attracting cats and rodents.


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August 21, 2017 5:20 pm  

I keep a large garbage container which you can buy from Home Depot outside in driveway. Must have a lid so critters, feral cats can't get in.
I make a garbage run one a week. I drive a pick up so no odors but I'm sure you can put down a plastic drop cloth in back of vehicle or double bag.

As to dumpster locations, there are (or at least we're when I left island end of January) bins located on roadsides between Caret Bay East and West.
There's 2 going down Crown Mountain, one towards top on right, another further down on left. There are 2 bins going up Raphune Hill on left.
I'm not sure about anything on east end.

There's a couple bins on Southside by Bolongo Bay Beach and on west side of island, the bins are located on left coming down Black Point hill before you get to Brewers Beach.

They removed many bins and it shows with the amount of trash everywhere.

There's also the new trash center just past Mahogany Run.
Never used that before I left so no idea how that works.

I used to say I was giving my garbage a scenic tour of the island before reaching its destination.

To get rid of appliances, large construction waste, old furniture, etc., you need to go to the dump. Keep your windows rolled up and AC on.


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August 21, 2017 8:19 pm  

I use a small [1 gal. ice cream] container with the plastic grocery bags - still available in most places - and take a bag whenever I leave the house going N or S there is a roadside dumpster.
I keep chicken skin and bones and lobster/ fish scraps in the freezer until I am taking garbage so they don't smell.
All non-perishables - cereal boxes,plastic,magazines,newspaper etc. I take when necessary from a small can outside.
I never bring corrugated boxes in the house - they are perfect Roach Condos and Birthing stations. An ingrained old boat life habit!!
I compost vegetable trimmings,coffee grounds,eggshells,charcoal ash,plant trimmings,dead flowers,etc. in a 5 Gal Bucket - no protein waste!
I keep bottles and cans outside with the non-perishables - that can really only needs to go into my trunk twice a month maybe.
I like the dumpster system overall - if they are emptied on schedule and not abused they way they are by residents dumping appliances,furniture,lumber,bush etc.
More frequent posted Bulk Goods Pickup days might help solve this abuse?
The Lindberg Bay Bulk Dropoff site worked great but was sorely mismanaged and removed by WMA - who had designed it!
In any case the situation is vastly improved over the concrete and wooden gate boxes garbage dump sites that used to be everywhere, had to be emptied by shovels and manpower and were visited by every rodent and foraging animal day and night.


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August 21, 2017 8:33 pm  

"I compost vegetable trimmings,coffee grounds,eggshells,charcoal ash,plant trimmings,dead flowers,etc. in a 5 Gal Bucket - no protein waste! "

Can you 'splain this technique to me?


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August 21, 2017 8:47 pm  

some dirt -- all the ingredients mentioned - no dinner scraps/protein etc - some water - stir with old metal broomstick occasionally - dump 1/2 to 3/4 bucket in my yard by fruit trees when 'cooked'.

I do have a few small holes in the bottom of the 5 gal. bucket so water doesn't collect

This is a good article:

http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html


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Scubadoo
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August 21, 2017 9:39 pm  

some dirt -- all the ingredients mentioned - no dinner scraps/protein etc - some water - stir with old metal broomstick occasionally - dump 1/2 to 3/4 bucket in my yard by fruit trees when 'cooked'.

I do have a few small holes in the bottom of the 5 gal. bucket so water doesn't collect

This is a good article:

http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html

I have a small pile of dirt off in the woods. When I have stuff to compost I just dig a small hole, throw in the stuff and cover it up.


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Exit Zero
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August 21, 2017 10:43 pm  

I want to use the compost in my yard - so the bucket idea works better for me.


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August 22, 2017 4:10 am  

There's also a set of bins past the kayak tour place and before the bridge to nowhere that might actually now be going somewhere and another set beyond that before the asphalt plant.


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August 25, 2017 4:14 am  

Most our food waste get chucked into the bush. Had fun with a rotten watermelon a few days ago - chucking contest. We waste very little food and most of it is fruit peels and cores. We live in critter central so I am SURE it only lasts a day out there. We also don't have any neighbors.

Bones get used for stock and then put into our cats poop biobags and taken to the dump. We shoot for only one 13g trash bin full a month. The one thing I cant seem to cut down on is paper towels. Probably 50% of my trash is paper towels. We use all the plastic containers we get for cottage cheese and stuff as tupperware. Same with glass jars for pickles. Although I am full up so giving them away to friends. Tossing some too but I HATE to throw away plastic. We really try to buy glass or paper things like egg containers.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!


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