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Helpful Tips for Garbage Collection on Windy Days

Nobody wants their neighbors’ trash blowing into their yards. Here are a few tips on how to keep your trash from blowing away:

- Trash companies usually start to operate very early in the morning and most advise putting your trash out the night before they are to come so you don’t miss your pick up – plan to secure your trash assuming the worst conditions can happen suddenly.

- MAKE EVERYTHING HEAVY…if you can easily lift it, it can probably blow away.

- Weight the can down by putting a heavy rock in the bottom of the can so that after your trash is picked up your can doesn’t end up down the street.

- Don’t put empty boxes or loose items out, put them in a trash can or bag with other heavy items.

- Tie plastic bags together so the whole collection is heavier.

- Place trash on the non-windy side of large brick mailboxes if you have one.

- Tie your trash bags together around a light-pole or mailbox post or use a bungee cord to secure them to a pole or post.

- Be aware of birds and other wildlife that can tear plastic bags open to get at food.

- Get trash cans with lids that latch into place.

- Drill holes and attach your lids to your cans with rope, etc…

- Use a wheeled trash-cart carrier to place your trash cans in.

- If there are family members who may be home on trash day have them keep an eye on things, if the wind kicks up be neighborly about securing your neighbors trash if it looks like it might blow.

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