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  •  Yes (9+ / 0-)

    and a break for all the people affected by Sandy and the volunteers.

    We did a clean up last week but Sandy stirred up a lot of new leaves and stuff.  They will do a second leaf pickup in the next month, IIRC and we'll be out there doing another cleanup. The oak trees want to hang onto their leaves forever, it seems.  Until then, smaller clean ups.

    Hope you have an enjoyable day too, Ginger!  So glad to have you back.


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:44:28 AM PST

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    •  Sandy... (6+ / 0-)

      I spent hours prepping for Sandy. I wanted to get as many leaves up so they wouldn't clog the sewers and flood the street. We were pretty lucky with Sandy - we lost cable/internet but we never lost our power. I had 5 days worth of meals planned in case we got hit hard but thankfully we didn't have to resort to a dinner of cheese and crackers and some canned pineapple -- I said i had meals planned, i didn't say the would be gourmet!

      •  LOL (5+ / 0-)

        Glad it didn't affect you too much.  Our leaf pickup week was scheduled that Monday.   A lot of people in the neighborhood had their leaves out in the street, which is where we are supposed to put them.  We thought it was silly to do that, and they never picked up the leaves anyway, duh, during the hurricane.  They picked them up the following week. We're lucky that everybody's leaves didn't clog up the sewer.  Some people did push their leaves out a bit to create a channel for the water to flow but not many.  Plus the wind just blew all the leaves around and more off the trees anyway.  Some people really just don't think, they just follow the rules.  The town should have changed the date on the signs they posted too.


        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:20:46 AM PST

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        •  Man, I wish we had curbside leaf pickup. (5+ / 0-)

          Ours have to be in yard waste bags. I just rake all of mine under various trees and bushes and a few months later the 4 foot piles hav sunk to 1 foot. I am not bagging leaves.

          •  They bring a giant vacuum truck (4+ / 0-)
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            a few times a year.

            But we do have garden waste pick up every week.  You can put bagged leaves out then or leaves in a trash bin.   They have a big chipper shredder thing so if you put branches out, they will shred them on site and they make a giant pile of chipped stuff for mulch. I think you can go to some yard in the town and get mulch from the town if you want it.  Have not tried that yet.  Should look into it.

            For trash, it's automated.  We get one big bin and the truck has a gadget that picks it up and dumps it into the truck. You have to put the metal handle part facing outwards or they drive right away without picking it up :) You can have more bins, 1 or 2 more I think but they cost near $100 each.  

            Recycles are done by the guys though, different truck. You can put as much of those out as you want. But they are all mixed together, don't have to separate, so I guess we are selling those to be sent to China and who knows what happens to them then.  What's that island of plastic out in the Pacific?  I wish we would keep our own recycles. I would gladly separate them.


            "Justice is a commodity"

            by joanneleon on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:25:07 AM PST

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            •  My kitchen trash can is about 1 foot high. (4+ / 0-)

              and that lasts me a week before I need to take it out.
              My kids tease me because in my tiny kitchen I have a compost bin, a large plastic, glass and other recyclables bin, a large paper and cardboard bin, and the regular trash can.
              You just kind of stand in the middle of the kitchen and spin around until you get to the right container. :)

          •  here's what i use... (2+ / 0-)
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            we have a leaf blower that you can make suck up the leaves instead of blowing them. As they are sucked up they get pulverized and collected in the bag, and then i either use it as mulch or put them in the compost bin - no curbside collection in our town either :(

            •  well I sort of live in my own private forest (2+ / 0-)
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              there are too many sticks and branches and pine cones to go through those blower shredders. I tried it though because how awesome it would be to have instant little piles instead of tall ones.

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