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How many people pay for trash and recycling in their cities or towns?

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Times sure have changed, so many cities and towns are adding a fee to have your trash and recycling picked up. We pay $230 a year plus $1 or $1.50 depending on size bag to get rid of trash. Seems like a lot of money considering how much we pay in state taxes,real estate taxes, excise tax and whatever taxes I have forgotten. Just wondering if others pay for trash removal in other States? I live in Massachusetts "AKA" "Taxachusetts"
themoneyman1113 posted Mar 07, 2011

Yes, everywhere I have lived had a charge for recycling pickup (if pickup offered at all)(southeastern USA). I currently do not pay for trash service as a separate fee, but have at all other homes.

karthwyne (rep: 1.3k) posted Mar 07, 2011


You pay for it everywhere, it just depends on whether or not it is a separate charge on your bill.

jdswirsky (rep: 3.6k) posted Mar 07, 2011


In Los Angeles you pay about $20 a month for trash pick-up. Seeing as I am always after getting a good deal, I do my best to generate as much trash as possible to get my money's worth.

BigJJ (rep: 21.7k) posted Mar 07, 2011


We live in the county and have always paid for trash pick up. But supprisingly enough thoses in the city proper pay more for trash pick up even thouhg the company we use contracts with the city as well.

skaro964 (rep: 24.6k) posted Mar 07, 2011


VA does but our landlord pays it.

VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 12.4k) posted Mar 07, 2011


Depending on the company (I guess) you either pay a flat fee or buy a "tag" book and tag each bag.

VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 12.4k) posted Mar 07, 2011


I live in South Louisiana. My parish (county) doesn't pay trash removal. But the one nearby has it included in their water bill. Unfortunately we have no recycling pick-up.

Brentheriot (rep: 64.9k) posted Mar 07, 2011


I live in VA too when i was in Southern VA they made you buy a big trash can with a decal that lasted the year but you could only fill that trash can they would not pick up anything else...In northern VA it is part of my HOA dues and they take anything... when i lived in Massachusetts I did not have to pay for trash when i lived in the city but i did when i lived in the hill towns... lol wow long answer but w/e :)

nimase85 (rep: 16.2k) posted Mar 07, 2011


Thanks for the replies all. I was gathering my trash yesterday, to put outside and wondered how many people pay for trash to be picked up? I lived in Boston for awhile and trash pick up was free and twice a week. So when I moved to the suburbs paying for trash was something completely new!
Now I pay $230 a year plus for $1 or $1.50 each and every bag I put out (depending on size)and buy tags or stickers for large items. Some towns around here are more expensive and then some towns have no pick up at all, they have to bring their trash to the dump!

themoneyman1113 (rep: 114k) posted Mar 08, 2011


No charge for either trash or recycling, even huge items in PG County Maryland. It's always been a government-run service where I've lived. I imagine that charging directly for these services is why truckloads of trash get illegally dumped on the roadside, despite huge fines if caught.

fluffy (rep: 2.2k) posted Mar 08, 2011