Today is Monday, also known in our neighborhood as Garbage Day.
Our neighborhood is one that, fortunately or unfortunately depending on one’s perspective, has a Homeowners’ Association, affectionately known as HOA.
Occasionally we receive correspondence from said entity via some mysterious, invisible emissary. The flyers appear on the floor underneath our mail slot for our information. A while back we received a list of rules for putting out our trash.
I wish I could find the original list, but I suppose it ended up in the recycling bin. The gist of it was that there are very specific guidelines for Garbage Day. One of them was in reference to the time that a bin can be left on the curb. Since our garbage collectors are early birds, most people put the bin out the day before, so the HOA requires and charges homeowners to place their bin by the curb no earlier than 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to collection and to remove it as soon as possible on collection day. Under no circumstances is the trash bin to be left on the curb after Garbage Day. After all, who wants to look at rows of trash bins any longer than they have to?
Another item on the list pertains to recyclables. The bin provided by the city states very specifically which items are acceptable and which are not. The following are examples: plastic jugs but not their lids; corrugated cardboard but not cereal boxes; newspaper that is placed neatly in a brown bag, not tied in bundles. “Any article that is not collected should be thrown away.” An additional rule found on the HOA list is that the recyclables bin should be placed at least ten feet away from the trash bin. If it is too close, the truck cannot easily maneuver that huge claw, I suppose.
These are good rules. We should immediately dispose of all garbage before it begins to stink. Stuff like hurt, disappointment, and disillusionment. And yeah, we can put it out there for others to see — for a little while. Then they grow weary of looking at it. Let the professionals do their job and remove it to decay and rot somewhere a long way away from where we live. The sooner the better.
“Forgetting those things that are past . . . ”
Getting into the habit of recycling is satisfying. Knowing that some things are worth salvaging is comforting. Things like experiences that can teach us, trials that can bring hope to others, and relationships that can be renewed. It is important to read the rules for recycling. Otherwise we might throw away something valuable and useful.
“Behold I make all things new . . . ”
So, to summarize:
- Dispose of stinky garbage as soon as possible.
- Recycle anything that can be transformed into something beautiful or useful.
- Do not place trash in the recyclable bin. If you do, it will not be collected and you will have to deal with it all over again.
- Keep a lot of distance between your garbage and your recyclables.
The key to a pleasant Monday is knowing the difference!