I've always lived in subdivisions. It's expected that the homeowner pays a fee for curbside pickup. We also pay a fee to have them accept our recyclables. Never really gave it a thought. This was just how it's always been done.
Until 2008 and a little thing called a "gas surcharge".
If you recall, gas spiked that summer. Diesel too. And our trash company added a surcharge ("Fuel Recovery Fee") of $3.90 per household, per quarter.
Now that doesn't sound like much. (My total quarterly bill is $56 or $18.67 a month.) Which is bad enough.
If I have 100 homes in this subdivision paying a surcharge of $3.90, that equals $390 a quarter or $130 a month or $32.50 each week. (They probably DO use $32 in fuel to drive around the neighborhood)
So why does this annoy me so much?
This little trigger really set me off. And SM too. (He actually called them about it. They said they'd call him back. Yeah right.)
It's the nickel and dime-ing that goes on in our lives. Everytime you turn around you pay a little bit more. Until a "little bit" becomes alot.
SM grew up in the country. His small town STILL doesn't have "curbside" collections. They recycle and drop off when the bins get full. Everything else is either mulched back into gardens or burned. They have these huge metal drums to do that with.
So this got me to thinking. My background is suburbia. It's all I've known.
How do you deal with trash? How much do you pay?
My "prepaid" service ends 12-31. I've spoken with SM and we're thinking about cancelling. We only generate 2-3 bags a week. Our recycling center is maybe 10 miles away. Small amounts are free. Larger amounts...$5 bucks.
If I'm paying $56 a quarter ($224 a year), I might be able to save a good chunk of change...assuming I'll be paying the $5 as needed.
Tell me what you think. (I'm heading into work today but I look forward to reading your responses tonight.)