Were talken’ trash again

♪♪Take out the papers and the trash….or you won’t get no spending cash….kick the rate increases in the ass….Yakety yak Palo Alto Free Press will talk back ♪♪

Mini- me

For many in Palo Alto the idea of having to pay more in refuse rates is bound to cause some to “trash talk” our civic leadership and the finance committee for the rate increases but that does not have to be the case.

For one thing, you can purchase a trash compactor and reduce the size of your weekly trash, to the size of a shopping bag.  Doing so, can in fact result in substantial savings.

As an example, if you currently use a 32 gallon container, your new monthly charge will become $37.48 under the new purposed fee schedule.

However, if you purchase a trash compactor you can down size from a 32 gallon to a mini at the purposed new rate of $20.52.

This would result in a monthly saving of $16.96 or annualized, the savings would be $203.52.

Trash compactors run anywhere from Whirlpool GX900QPP Under-$228.00 to $1000.00 depending on your needs and family size.  So from a ROI perspective [return on investment] you can hope to realize your savings after the first year.  So start turning in your old trash containers and stop talking trash and realize the green savings.

Originally published on: Jul 27, 2011 @ 11:28

One Reply to “Were talken’ trash again”

  1. Hi Mark,

    I found your piece on trash rates, it reads very nicely and your practical suggestions re how to reduce one’s garbage bill are easily digestible. I intend-based on your story– to explore the trash compactor option-with the goal of going from my 32 gallon can to the mini at 20 gallons. I am guessing others will also consider your well conceived options for reducing their bill.

    Keep the trash talk coming,

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