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July 25, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Trash pickup trumps recycling

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I can’t comprehend the logic and reasoning of some elected leaders and letter writers regarding trash and recycling. Those who want to recycle will make an effort to go in their garages and place items in a bin. What is the difference if it is a particular bin or a large bulk container? Unfortunately, some are lazy and just toss recyclables in the trash.

It is not necessary for a once-a-week pickup of recycling. But trash collection should be twice a week due to the volume and foul odor of bagged food and pet waste, etc. Decrease in service with no rate reduction? Real intelligent.

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  1. What is the fascination with storing garbage in your garage in this burg? At least put a lid on the container. Storing garbage in an enclosed area when temperatures are in the 100's in the summer is obviously going to cause a stench. As for the current bins for recycling; they are a joke. We sort the stuff and the recycle truck driver tosses it all in one receptacle on the truck. Screw that. Give me two large lidded bins, and I'll take care of the rest. If your recycle bin isn't full, don't put it out for collection until it is. Store your bins OUTSIDE and the odor problem is solved.

  2. My recyclables are consistently more than my trash. Typically the recyclable container is full to the brim and the trash bin is half full. We have the small containers. Not necessary for the larger ones even for the recyclables. I'm not sure how Republic Services knew what sizes we in the community would need, but it was exactly right. Occasionally, rarely, I see a large container switched out for the small one. But it is so rare, as to be meaningless. Odors? Nonsense. Both containers are in my garage. Rinse them out and let air dry. Use bags to hold and limit garbage smell from those occasional items that do. If the smell lingers, use a spray of bleach. Simple. Geez....Much trash talk about nothing.

    CarmineD

  3. "carmine says his trash doesn't smell, and all of them bow to their corporate masters." @ Jeff

    If the Republic Services' employees are "corporate masters" then I bow to them. It's a dirty, rotten, rancid job, but somebody has to do it...and Republic Services do a yeomen's job. Hip hip hurray.

    CarmineD

  4. Until Republic Services distributed $290,000 to our local and state politicians few were ever concerned with changing our very good for us, long term, trash hauling contracts. Then along came the cash contribution prize winners, county councilman Steve Sisolak ($30,000) and Las Vegas Ward 6 councilman Steve Ross ($10,000) and all of a sudden we all needed a major change to Republic's contract. As Dean Kaneko pointed out, Republic expects some now too lazy to recycle will do so if given a new trash on wheels container. Why didn't Republic test this approach without changing the contract - you know swap the goofy bins we are still paying for and give us the recycling container? They didn't because it doesn't generate any additional profit. They used the "revenue neutral" cover saying that they needed to absorb the expense of replacing old trucks with new trucks that eliminate one worker per truck. Nonsense, they replace trucks by attrition now and will continue to do so in the future. As to the smelly garbage in you garage, not to worry. They have also greased the political campaign coffers in Carson City. Lawmakers are pushing through legislation that will override any prohibition in your community about placing trash cans in your front yard for the next millennium.

  5. JeffFromVegas posted a link to a Penn & Teller "BS" episode on another letter that portrayed recycling in a questionable light at best. Without regard for the truth of the claims made there, if we are going to have recycling then the new system is FAR better than the old one if only because the neighbors no longer get to see how much beer one drinks during the week if one recycles.

  6. I find the twice a week pick up is needed, once a week for recycles works good for me. I store trash can outside now, but still it gets ripe after a few days..

  7. I am in favor of the recycling component of the new plan...

    HOWEVER...
    For those of you unawares, every HOA that I'm aware of REQUIRES homeowners to keep the trash can in the garage (or 'out of sight'; where else would you keep it?)

    When June-September rolls around and those 100+ degree days roll around, the garbage get's RIPE.
    I don't care that the new containers have lids; I'd sure hope so; regardless, the garbage will stink to high heaven by the time a week goes by.
    why on Earth do you think we HAVE twice-a-week collection now???

    IMO, this is a CLEVER PLAN by Republic Services to increase their profits; trash collecting is HUUUGE BUSINESS...and they make a LOT of campaign contributions, INCLUDING to those folks VOTING on this new plan...call me skeptical!

  8. Waaa Waaaa , HOA members you get what you deserve belonging to one of those corrupt orginizations . Just put the trash to the curb , don't worry about the recycables it all gets sorted later anyway. You can't fight the system ,Republic bribes the politicians and gets thier way every time, that's Vegas.