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Trash Compactor Blues

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I believe I witnessed one of the laziest acts of mankind.

At our apartment complex, instead of having multiple dumpsters situated strategically around the parking lot, we have one mammoth trash compactor at the entrance to our complex. But since there is only one of these in a complex that has approximately 20 (give or take) buildings, most people take their garbage out on their way out (you know, when they go boar hunting, salsa dancing, or whatever it is people around here do).

Personally, I usually just walk the garbage to the compactor from my building. I don’t like the idea of putting a bag of garbage in the trunk to bring out when I leave in the morning. Mainly because I’m afraid I’ll forget about it and then open the trunk a week later to discover that I invented the mobile compost heap.

But on our way back from dinner one evening. I noticed someone taking their garbage out to the compactor in an unusual manner. Instead of opening their trunk and driving the garbage to the compactor, they decided it would be quicker and easier to transport the waste on top of the trunk. Not inside. On top of the trunk.

How hard is it to open your trunk and place a bag of refuse inside it?

Maybe they had to protect their precious subwoofers or didn’t want to ruin the leather interior—of the trunk! Who is going to see the inside of your trunk? No one will ever notice the dirtiness of your trunk (unless you decide to kidnap someone; and if you make it to that point, does it even matter what your trunk is like?).

Obviously the person doing this lived in a building that was fairly close to the compactor. I deduce this because if you lived on the opposite side of the complex (like me), then you aren’t going to place garbage on top of your car without securing it. It could fall off the car during, scatter in the parking lot, and you have the embarrassing job of cleaning up your Tiger Beat magazines and boxes upon boxes of empty Little Debbie snack cakes.

If the person lived close enough to the compactor to manage transporting their garbage in these means, why didn’t they just walk it over in the first place? It would have saved on gas, saved time, and it would have saved them from being the subject of this post.

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Written by Eric Spiegel

August 6, 2006 at 10:04 am

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  1. You are, of course, assuming that if the bag of trash were to fall off of the trunk and burst open, scattering the contents of said bag all over the parking lot, that these idiots would actually stop and clean it up. I’m betting they wouldn’t. Cheers.


    August 6, 2006 at 5:44 pm

  2. I agree with tacofish. Society has become super intensively lazy. Worst part is that it looks like it could get worse.



    August 7, 2006 at 12:13 am

  3. I guess this is one step away from an anarchist state where everyone leaves their garbage wherever they wish. Oh wait, everyone pretty much does. Have you ever seen an empty soda cup on the shelf at a store at the mall?


    August 7, 2006 at 12:02 pm

  4. I totally have seen that! I had to laugh — especially imagining when the garbage will inevitably fall from the car one day, creating even more of a problem than if they had just taken 1 extra minute to do it properly. Maybe no one ever taught them how to OPEN the trunk? It is possible — there are a lot of idiots out there 😉


    August 8, 2006 at 12:45 pm

  5. I had the same problem and saw it at many complexes across the country. I invented a solution that hangs on the outside of the car so trash can be transported at full speed to dumpsters… check out at

    Hopefully this helps anyone with the need! All the best… Brent


    August 12, 2006 at 1:26 am

  6. Oh man, I can’t believe someone came up with that.


    August 12, 2006 at 2:32 pm

  7. […] As reported earlier, my apartment complex has a large trash compactor at the entrance to the parking lot. Here is where everyone is supposed to dispose of their household garbage. Since the last time I wrote about this subject, the management has finally gotten the compactor working. Thus no more need for a dumpster parked right next to the compactor. Unfortunately, I think people are using the compactor incorrectly. […]

  8. […] great size, the layout was wonderful, and the area we lived in was very nice. But then I noticed an issue with the trash compactor. When the compactor was full, people tended to leave their garbage on the ground in front of the […]

  9. I can’t believe people have nothing better to B*%$ about than something like this. I guess no matter what you do, someone will complain about it…


    September 21, 2007 at 3:15 pm

  10. I can’t believe some people have nothing better to do than to leave a comment bitching about someone bitching on a blog. How meta.


    September 21, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    • some people dont realize the bigger picture that compactor is keeping less trucks on the road in which there is less polution.and realize that even when a regular dumpster fills up where does the garbage go on the f@#$% outside the same thing u know what it is obeast america sheer laziness

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      December 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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