The little town of Belmont used to have two garbage trucks and hired several folks to pick up garbage. There was no standard garbage cans so most of them were 55 gal steel drums with not top. for a full can, it took quite a man or two average men.
I was at the city council meeting when the mayor announced that the city was bringing in Waste Management as a sub contractor to do the trash. the mayor announced that this would save the city $12,000 a year.
On the front row, one of our leading citizens, P.W. Bailey, raised his had and the mayor recognized him.
P.W. said, “Mr. Mayor, it would sure be a nice gesture of the city to return that money to the citizens.”
The true politician, our mayor, said, “P.W. you are right, but this move, hiring WM, is what keeps us from having to raise taxes.”
“I knew there was a good answer,” retorted P.W. and the audience roared in laughter, but the citizens still did not get any money back.
We live about 100 yards outside the City Limits. When we moved here, Waste management was picking up our trash, at no cost. when they lost the contract, the other company refused to do that.
Wednesday of last week, the WM truck came down our street and emptied our trash. It has been 6 months since that happened. We hired a local contractor to get ours, he showed up the next day and wondered why we had no trash. We are too!
I sorta miss burn barrels. There was a time when we had an area to burn trash or a barrel to burn it in. Now they say that is bad for the environment, I am not so sure. I am not for burying our trash without burning it, seems we are intentionally ruining or poisoning the ground and ground water.
I would like to see natural gas incinerators burn a city’s trash and produce some steam that turned power turbines.
I think I read that even Mexico City does the burn for their trash. They have a labor intensive system with huge conveyor belts with folk lining the side pulling the recyclable materials.
Maybe some folks would not like the job, but if it paid enough it could work. We could also hire convicts and pay the low scale that they are paid to work.
Do you live close to ‘Land fill?’ We used to call them ‘trash dumps’ but land fill sounds better.
Thanks for coming this way and wasting your time on this mess!
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
This is a 1947 Desota. It sported ‘suicide doors’ on the back seats. Thanks Rose