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Trash Compactor Update

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 This weekend's garbage pile up This weekend's garbage pile up

Well, once again, this weekend came and went.  And the only thing that stayed the same was the garbage pile up at the trash compactor.  It was monstrous this week.  It was probably the largest pile up I’ve seen since living in this complex.  One thing that I just don’t get is that there is another complex next door to ours that has a trash compactor at their entrance too, but they never have an issue with the compactor breaking down and having residents pile up their garbage in front.  Maybe people in my complex are just too stupid or inconsiderate to know what to do when the compactor is full.  I guess we’ll never know.

But next week, our property management (Camden) will be giving each resident a “receptacle” to place our garbage in to place outside of our apartment doors.  Then, each evening a maintenance worker will come by and collect any garbage we put outside our doors (a free service for now, but when we renew our lease, then it will be like $30 a month).  I wonder if this will alleviate the weekend garbage pile up or not.

A few related postings (1, 2, 3).

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Written by Eric Spiegel

June 4, 2007 at 3:12 pm

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Tales from a Trash Compactor

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Last year when I moved into my apartment, I loved everything about it. It was a 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 (as noted here and here). When the compactor was full, people tended to leave their garbage on the ground in front of the compactor. This led to the issue of not being able to actually reach the compactor when the compactor (which runs on a timer) was empty. Thus, every weekend, the compactor would fill up and we would be left with a huge pile of trash (as shown above).

Previously, it would pile up almost every other day. But recently, its only been piling up on the weekends. I think this is because most people tend to wait until the weekend to take out their garbage (this is the only place in the entire complex to do so). So by the end of the week, most people have 2 or 3 bags of garbage to get rid of. Because of this, the compactor gets over-worked and the pile of garbage shows up once again.

Starting on June 10th, our property management is going to start providing “valet garbage service” to everyone in the complex. Basically, we can now leave our garbage outside our doors, and in the evening, maintenance workers will come collect the garbage and put it in the compactor. Hopefully, this will cut down on the garbage pile ups, but we’ll see if that actually happens.

Written by Eric Spiegel

May 28, 2007 at 3:35 pm

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How Not to Use a Trash Compactor

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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.

What you are supposed to do, is walk (or drive) your trash to the front of the complex, open the compactor’s door, toss in your trash, and close the door. But apparently, no one follows this logic. Instead, people just leave their garbage on the ground right in front of the compactor. And once one person does this, everyone else follows suit. Then after a while, there will be so much trash on the ground in front of the compactor, that I can’t even access the compactor door to throw my own trash into it. Thus, I must join in the trash free-for-all by leaving my garbage on the ground as well.

I just don’t understand what can cause a person to just leave their garbage on the ground when they can easily access the door to properly dispose of it. That’s like loading the dishwasher, filling up the soap container, and saying, “I think I’ll just go play hackey sack instead.” Just finish the job! You’ve taken the garbage this far, just open the door, and throw it in! There aren’t any buttons to press, no dials to turn, no levers to pull. Just a door and chute. You don’t even have to push it into the compactor. Since the chute is vertical in design, gravity will do the rest!

Damn I wish I had a digital camera so I could share in the chaos.

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Written by Eric Spiegel

October 10, 2006 at 9:06 pm

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