Everyone always posts here when they're pissed off about something. I thought it would be nice to post about a positive experience I had this morning.
We live within the Toledo city limits, and have one trash bin and one recycling bin. We generate a LOT more recycling than we do trash, but unfortunately recycling is only picked up every other week. The end result is that we either end up with a stack of recycling in the kitchen corner (HATE THIS), or we end up putting it in the nearly empty trash can (hate this too, but not as much).
I called Republic this morning to see if we could get a second recycling container and what it would cost us. Christy/Kristie/Cristie said she was pretty sure that wasn't something we could do, but took my name and number and said she would call me back if it was do-able.
I'll damned. She called me back. And in fewer than five minutes, to boot!
Someone followed through! Someone actually did what they said they were going to do. I am beside myself! Huzzah!
So here's the scoop: We can buy a second recycling bin for $75. Just call Republic, pay for the bin, they will deliver it in about three days. The additional bin doesn't increase my bill at all. I'm going to chat with Mr. Gamegrrl about this today and see what he thinks, but I'm guessing this is pretty much a done deal.
Thank you Republic Customer Service person for actually providing customer service. What a concept!
This is good info -- the proportions are reversed in our neighborhood (everyone has the giantest garbage bin and the tiniest recycling). I always like to hear a good customer service story!
Yeah why do some neighborhoods have the small recycle bins?
I'm glad we have the large one!
Good to know this gamegrrl - our recycle bin is almost always near overflowing come pick up time. I often end up running things over to the county bins at the local Kroger.
Both our trash and recycling bins are the huge ones.
I called them back, paid my $75, and I should have my new recycling bin by next Tuesday. Yay!
Oh. And it was 'Krissy'. I asked her. :-)
No way I'd pay extra to recycle.
Actually, I recycle less than 1% of my trash. I paid enough taxes over the years for Hoffman Rd that I plan to use it.
PS you still get your recycling points when you put an empty blue can out there.
where do you find our points?
Upso, it's www.recyclebank.com though the tangible rewards are nothing to write home about :-)
And bucknut, to each his own, I guess. We recycle enough around here to make up for people who don't. LOL!
In my experience, it seems as though people have lots of interesting reasons for not recycling: Some folks who are much older just never understood or got used to it, some can't seem to figure it out and others are simply too lazy to bother. But I have to say that you are the first instance I've ever encountered of "not gonna do it, you can't make me and I actually LIKE putting stuff in the landfill".
To each their own, absolutely. However, I'd really like to do whatever I can to not leave future generations man made mountains of crap - as we already have in so many places.
God only knows what will leach out of these piles of toxic goo over the next 100 years.
We recycle everything possible right down to the empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Not making a "holier than thou" statement, just doing it for the reasons mentioned above.
hmm... website is saying I'm not eligible for rewards. I thought the entire city was? We recycle a ton!
I get scolded by Mrs Hoops when I "accidentally" forget to recycle correctly. No way I would pay for an extra container.
gamegrrl, don't you have a separate container that you can hold the overflow in until the recycling container is emptied? Like a small garbage can or something? That is what we do (though here in the 'burbs we get our recycling picked up weekly). If the can gets full we just put everything in another container and transfer it as soon as the recycling is picked up. I can think of a million other things that $75 can be put towards.
PSS I also throw my grass clippings in the trash
I've used my points for $40 in iTunes cards. Nothing earth shattering, but free is free
Upso, try entering through Republic's site at this link: http://www.republicservices.com/corporate/residential/wasterecycling/recyclingservices/my-republic-rewards.aspx
dell_diva, I will have a separate container for overflow once my new bin arrives. LOL! Two weeks of recycling for us is two bins worth. It's definitely worth $75 to me to have the second bin. Not everyone has the same wants/priorities.
Foodie, we recycle the empty tubes, too. I think it's weird that paper towels aren't recyclable though. We truly try to recycle everything we can.
Mr. Gamegrrl would be able to explain how we deal with yard waste -- It gets taken to some yard waste place out north of Alexis Rd. for a fee. That is going to be trickier this year, as we no longer have a vehicle with massive hauling capability.