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Protect our garbage cans

February 10, 2013

David Randall, Minot Over the last 7 months, myself and neighbors have noticed our garbage cans being ruined by the sanitation workers on trash days. I have gone through five garbage cans already....

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Nedragr

Feb-10-13 7:26 AM

In defense of the Department...they cannot control the quality of the product that the retailers sell? Some cans are made for the for the elements of N.Dakota "Rubbermaid" some are not. I could almost bet that the broken cans are made by Semco? These are just the latest version brought in by a certain retailer.... FWIW The garbage men don't set out everyday to see how many cans they can destroy...this only generates the angry phone call or the letter to the editor??

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dakotagun

Feb-10-13 7:47 AM

We replaced a couple this yer,too. Not due to abuse it because the cheap plastic can't itch stand lowing around in the bitter cold. I'm with Ned, buy a higher quality can - maybe aluminum - and thank the workers who take our garbage to the dump. (Or make your own run to the dumpground and gently handle your own cans).

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Curly1

Feb-10-13 9:19 AM

We bought aluminum. they are so bent from the garbage folks setting them on the back of the truck while they empty them. Aluminum is not the answer either.

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Nostrocommonus4

Feb-10-13 10:28 AM

Give these guys a break. I really doubt that full, tied trash bags are going to blow around unless a tornado rolls through. I don't recall how much it costs for sanitation service every month, but I think that's the point. It obviously doesn't cost a whole lot compared to the value of the service that we receive. Options to consider - use bags, use better trash cans, haul your own trash to the dump, ask the sanitation department what works the best for them given the concerns, or write a letter to the editor berating the garbage men. Classy.

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Curly1

Feb-10-13 11:46 AM

For the most part, I think these folks do a good job. I think damage to garbage cans is inevitable. My comment only stated that aluminum is not the answer to the problem either. I think we need those huge big cans that most other cities have. They have a truck that comes down and picks up the can, dumps it, and moves on to the next one. It works great. Might make the service more expensive but who knows. I know it would take less workers for sure.

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namexxx

Feb-10-13 7:37 PM

Is nothing sacred?

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MarkHighwater

Feb-11-13 4:46 AM

Nag Nag Naggity NAG :)

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MarkHighwater

Feb-11-13 4:48 AM

I wax and polish my cans at least once a month...give em some R E S P E C T :)

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HappyMom3

Feb-11-13 3:22 PM

When I stand in my window & see them slam the cans on the ground & pieces fly everywhere, it is a problem. We have to have cans with lids because of the animals get in to it. At $50 a pop, its not cheap to replace them all the time.

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Nedragr

Feb-11-13 7:27 PM

I've been dragging my Rubbermaid down the driveway for better than 20 years so she actually has holes developing in the bottom. I'm sure it has been slammed back onto the curb many a time but only laughs....she doesn't have a crack in her.

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Nostrocommonus4

Feb-13-13 10:18 PM

Sorry, HappyMom3. I can't help but point out the holes (pun intended) in your argument. I understand that animals can get into the trash if you put the cans out the night or days before the garbage men come. However, if you are able to watch them handle your cans (i.e. you are at home at the time of garbage pickup), put your trash out the morning of the service or an hour before the garbage truck arrives so the animals don't get into it. Your neighbors will probably appreciate it, too. Just sayin'...

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WorriedAmerican

Feb-15-13 10:11 AM

Give these guys a break! I am more upset with Keller Paving stealing gravel from the alleys from the city of Minot for their own projects!

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HappyMom3

Feb-16-13 5:19 PM

Funny thing is we put them out at 7am yet that still doesn't stop animals getting in to them....food & dirty diapers do attract them especially when you can't use a garbage can. So please tell me again why I should have to keep buying garbage cans because they're trashing our cans? This also goes for others on our street...so we're all wrong for wanting to use cans? If it wasn't against the state laws to leave children unattended, I'd go out there & have them hand me them.

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Nedragr

Feb-16-13 11:31 PM

Happymom3...Copy and paste from the start...In defense of the Department...they cannot control the quality of the product that the retailers sell? Some cans are made for the elements of N.Dakota "Rubbermaid" some are not. I could almost bet that the broken cans are made by Semco? These are just the latest version brought in by a certain retailer.... FWIW The garbage men don't set out everyday to see how many cans they can destroy...this only generates the angry phone call or the letter to the editor??

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Nostrocommonus4

Feb-16-13 11:44 PM

Oh, boy. So...it's against the law to go out to the curb to get your trash can handed to you. I'm assuming, then, that you pile all of the kiddies in the bathroom with you when nature calls, you don't dare answer the telephone when the kids are around, and you only utilize the internet when the kids are away or asleep. Give me a break. The point of the whole conversation is that there are better trash cans available out there for purchase and there are certainly better ways to address your concerns than going on a public tirade over the garbage men. Buy a decent can if you need to and leave the garbage men alone - it's not their fault.

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HappyMom3

Feb-17-13 1:39 PM

Yes Nostro it is against regulations & the law to leave daycare children unattended. Again, we have purchased many different kinds of garbage cans at $30 to $60 each. It's a plain and simple RESPECT not to slam them down on ice & compacted snow or the curbs. Apparently you're one of the types of people that think their sh!t doesn't stink. I never leave my "kids" alone because I'm alway there with them or watching them on video while cooking & pee during naptime :P I think you're taking this way out of propotion. 1/2 our street has had the same problem & can't use cans anymore so it's not isolated. They have a lot of space to cover through Minot but there are right & wrongs.

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Nedragr

Feb-17-13 6:25 PM

Running a small buisness out of your house must generate an abnormal amount of waste along with an increased use of your cans?? Couldn't figure out why anybody would need 5 cans at one time but the excessive garbage gererated explains it. I'm sure the men get just as frustrated as you when they pull up and the stop is a mess after being torn up by animals as you stated. Don't be afraid of contacting Animal Control...they do have traps for Ra***** and other pests??

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mitwocents

Feb-26-13 3:33 PM

I live next door to a daycare provider and the garbage is a huge problem. They have the kids bring it out, throw it next to the cans - days early - animals get in it and the garbage guys have to deal with it. On the other side - they trash our cans too but I don't think they mean to - sometimes they slam them so they stick in the snow don't they? Our guys will throw ours over our fence sometimes but it doesn't mean their mad. It only helps so we don't lose our cans.

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