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Feb. 23rd, 2009 | 10:21 am

This feels wrong somehow, in that it's a positive statement about a council service and not one of the usual complaints, but the rubbish collection lot here (Hammersmith and Fulham) are actually pretty good.

I hear all sorts of stories about rubbish and recycling services being arsey about bagging, not picking up the wrong type of bin or bins left in the wrong place, not collecting odd-sized items and so on, but around here they seem to pick anything up at all. Somebody moved out of this block recently and dumped what seemed to be half the contents of his flat outside, including shelves and a broken electric cooker, and it was all gone on Monday. You can't ask a lot more of a rubbish collection system than that whatever rubbish people have gets taken away.

They're also about as quiet as you can reasonably be while driving a big truck down the road at seven in the morning and picking up bins.

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)

The picking up of large items is called bulk collection here in Columbus, and they only do it when asked, and they're doing it less often than they used to because of budgetary constraints.

On the plus side, it leaves more time for trash picking. On the minus side, the Columbus Rain Dance consists of leaving upholstered furniture outside next to the dumpster where people don't realize it's there til the rain has passed. I suppose it's just as well.

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Refuse collection

from: anonymous
date: Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)

We have changed to once a week wet food waste and recycling collection (no cardboard) and once a fortnight dry waste in one relatively small bin. I am now ruthless about removing supermarket packaging at the supermarket and leaving it with them so that we are able to stick to our one bin, as the refuse people will not pick up anything except the bin itself.

So what happens - other people come and put their extra rubbish in our bin. You can't win.

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