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08/23/2013
By: geri.bressler
AJ Disposal
They ARE reasonably priced...BUT - we have to put our trash out on the night before it's going to be picked up because they pick it up at 3:45 AM. Worse, though, is the fact that they do NOT accept online or debit card payment - you have to write them a check (or get a money order, I suppose). This wouldn't normally be a problem...but here comes another BUT - checks we mail them have a habit of mysteriously disappearing, and when they do show up (or their replacements, in at least 50% of the cases), the company will hold on to it. We've had those checks come through two full weeks after they've told us they received it - and that is usually at least a week after we mailed it! They are one of only a few companies we deal with that insists on this kind of payment, but they are the ONLY company we have this issue with. When asked, their go-to explanation is, "It's a bank thing." We've checked, and no, it's not. It's either a, "We're too lazy to deposit the check," thing, or a, "Hey, maybe if we hang onto this long enough they'll forget about it and the check will bounce," thing. (The latter is a suspicion based on their policy of requiring a full year of payment in the event that a check is returned.) Regardless of the reason, we are looking for a different trash company, and considering making use of the dump if we can't find one that handles it's business more professionally.
Tips & Advices
The cost of trash pickup often depends on the size of the garbage container and whether the service is being handled by the city or a private company. The monthly rate for weekly pickup of a 48- gallon garbage container can run around $20 if this service is handled by a local municipality, while pickup for a 96-gallon cart can cost roughly $22. Rates are often higher when working with a private company.
A compost cart is used for the pickup of compostable items. The list of compostable items includes yard debris, such as branches and plant trimmings; a wide variety of food products, including everything from baked goods to poultry to fruits, grains, and sauces; non-recyclable paper products such as used paper plates and cups; and miscellaneous items, such as cotton balls, hair, and wooden toothpicks.
Trash should always be placed in a trash container when possible. However, if you have more trash than you're able to fit into your trash container, some trash pickup companies will accept the trash if it is bagged and placed next to the full container. Many trash pickup companies will accept up to five extra bags at no charge.
The most common residential trash container size is 96 gallons. A 96-gallon container is large enough to meet the needs of the average family, and it's generally able to handle weekly collection cycles without overflow. This is the largest residential trash container that a garbage truck's automated side loader can accommodate.
Paint cans should not be placed in regular trash bins. Paint and paint thinners can be hazardous to the environment, and these items require special handling when it comes to disposal. If you have paint cans that need to be disposed off, call your trash pickup company to make special arrangement to have them removed.

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