I wasn’t surprised that Tuesday to hear the garbage truck emptying the dumpsters at the Recycling Centre. It was unusual to hear the tipping sound repeated several more times that usual.
A short time later, a City foreman paid me a visit. The garbage truck could not empty one dumpster because it had bricks in it.
We thought we took care of it by removing a large vegetable box full of bricks the next morning. The next day the garbage truck emptied the dumpster with great difficulty. We had missed bricks hiding in the bottom.
The load was very hard on the garbage truck’s hydraulics. It left hydraulic fluid stains on the ground.
This is not the first time there were building materials from our dumpsters. We usually find and remove them before the truck comes. It is often a variety of wood or other construction items. This was the worst.
There are several possible reasons why this happens.
The first that comes to mind is that people are too lazy to take these items to the landfill and/or they do not want to pay the $10.00 tipping fee.
Dumpsters are often featured on home renovation shows, so people may assume all dumpsters take construction materials. Construction dumpsters and their service trucks are heavy duty. I am not aware of any company in town that provides them.
We lock the dumpsters now to prevent this from happening again. They are not filling up as fast as they have in the past, confirming our suspicions that many were dropping off their garbage and recycling at the same time.
Businesses pay for using their dumpsters so they should not be used by the public.