Tips for Winter Trash & Recycling

Trash and recycling collection is a reality even through the cold winter months. Here are some tips for making the process as painless as possible and minimizing your time out in the cold:

  • Keep Water & Ice Out: Water can pool in tiny crevices within your barrels, and then expand upon freezing, causing cracks and ruptures in the plastic. Water can also attract animals, promoting widespread rotting that makes for a more frustrating (and smelly) trash pickup when the time comes.
  • Secure Against Animals: As the temperatures drop and wild food sources become scarce, hungry animals will often take to scavenging at trash collection spots. It’s not only a mess; it’s a potential safety hazard. Make sure the lids are firmly closed on all barrels to keep wildlife out.
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4 thoughts on “Tips for Winter Trash & Recycling

  1. I’m glad that you mentioned that it’s important to make sure that the lids on your garbage is secure to keep wildlife out in the winter. I’m a bit interested to learn more about some of the different techniques you can do to make sure that the lids are secure. It could be good to know if there are some tools or items that could be used to make sure that your garbage is secure.

  2. Hi Patrick. We were without power for 2 days during the last storm. I have a freezer full of food that thawed and then refroze. Im afraid to use the food. I was going to leave the food refreezing in the freezer and then put the items in the garbage the day of our next pickup.

    Any advice on this? Should I separate the food from the plastic packaging? Leave food in the packaging?

    Thanks. Cathy Capone

  3. Definitely do not remove the food from the packaging. Please simply throw all away in the trash.

  4. I really appreciate your advice to make sure that the lid of your garbage can is secured, that way no pests can get into your garbage can. My brother lives out in a rural area that has a lot of vermin in the area. I will be sure to suggest to him that he takes the time to secure his lid whenever he takes the trash outside!

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