This might seem like a no brainer, but there are some tips that can help you take out the trash effectively:
- When emptying the cans indoors, make sure to wipe down any that are damp on the inside. Pick up any trash that might have fallen underneath the bag. This will keep bacteria from forming and prevent nasty trash smell.
- Keep the trash light. Don’t over fill the bags, when you goto lift them out the bags will break and you will have a mess. Pay attention to how full the trash can is each day.
- When carrying the trash from the inside out, make sure that it is not dripping all over the floor. If it is, wipe it up immediately with some cleaner and a rag.
- When you place the trash outdoors in a larger can, put the lid on tightly. This will keep any animals or rain water that may enter the cans at bay.
- When you have windy days and things blow, make sure that your lids did not fly away. If they do, go look for them. Having a no lid trash can is NOT effective.
- When the garbage men take your trash, if you find your lids are blowing away—zip tie them to the handles. Make sure it isn’t too tight to not be able to put the lid on.
- When you take the trash out—as you are walking to the road, look around your yard for any trash that you can pick up and add to your can.
- When you take the empty trash cans from the road back to the house, pick up any trash that may have gotten dropped by the garbage men. If you keep your cans nicely in bags and tied securely, you shouldn’t have any problems.
- Be respectful to the garbage men. They don’t want to have to lift super heavy cans, or ones that have open trash bags. If you have a lot of items to put out to the road, put them neatly stacked. Tie items together, help out the person who has to lift them up. Put yourself in their position. (Golden rule-smile)