Trash Talk: What Exactly Belongs in A Green Box?

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks talking about why we need the solid waste fee, and what it will be used for. I’ve talked about the abuse we’re seeing, but one thing that I think needs to be made more clear is what does actually belong in the different sites, and why.

Our green box sites are designed to only hold bagged household garbage – no couches, no mattresses, no large appliances. These green boxes don’t hold that much trash, and are not meant to hold those items. They are so bulky that they take up more than their fair share of space in these boxes, meaning that fewer residents can throw away their actual trash. I don’t think that’s fair for those residents who then have to place trash on the ground in order to dispose of it.

These large and bulky items also make it difficult for site operators to keep the site clean and orderly. It requires a special truck, called a knuckleboom truck to come to the site and literally pick the large items out one by one whenever they find one.

Our convenience centers offer compactors and a few recycling options, with more to come over the next few months.

The compactors offer the ability to pack even more trash into a container before it has to be emptied, making it more efficient and easier for our residents to use. However, much like their green box counterparts, their compactors should not be used to take in large items. Instead, those should be placed in open top boxes, which are also available at the sites. It is perfect for a lot of bagged household garbage, though.

If you have an item you aren’t sure about, your best bet is to take it to the landfill, which is open five days a week from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m for now. We are looking at opening the landfill on Saturdays as well. You can also check the website at!

So here’s my question for you, which I am asking at the end of each article I write. Is there something you’d like to see us change? Do you have suggestions for what we should add to our convenience centers to make your experience better? We want to know!