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Opinion: Le snoop du jour

Original post made on Jan 27, 2023

The Garbage Police showed up at my house in a pre-dawn reconnaissance. Reminiscent of some film noir scene from the '50s, a tank-sized truck loomed in front of my house, truly menacing at that hour.

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Comments (9)

Posted by Carol
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 27, 2023 at 11:01 am

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What's being done to get green bins out of street the entire week? Gardeners leave them, with the residences' blessings. The bins make the streets look less attractive and parking is more of a hassle.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2023 at 11:28 am

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The first thing that comes to mind on this is that we are paying for these people to snoop. Our utilities go up, up, up and we have snoopers in our trash cans!!!!!

Yet, there is nothing we can do to bring our costs down, no vacation hold, no choice to have 2 pickups per months. No, we are taxed and we are snooped by our utilities. There is a deep feeling of concern about this.

P.S. I agree with the above poster about leaving cans on the street too long, something that is unneighborly for many reasons.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2023 at 12:20 pm

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In a heat wave especially, flies lay eggs on things that smell rotten, and can produce hundreds of maggots in a short amount of time. Even though you are sure YOUR bin is maggot-free, your neighbor's bin might not be. Always check inside before you store it in or near your property. Treat appropriately (there are toxin-free ways to do that, just google it) before returning it to any area adjacent to your property. New normal for climate-ravaged former Mediterranean bay breeze dwellers!

Posted by Mark
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 27, 2023 at 1:02 pm

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Cute, but depressingly cavalier. What the city is trying to get people to do is important, and not some “woke” exercise to be parodied.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 27, 2023 at 1:19 pm

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Our tax dollars at work. this reminds me of the cartoon with the store employee pointing the customer to the self-checkout line and the customer replying, "Thanks but I don't work here."

Posted by Resident11
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 27, 2023 at 1:45 pm

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I appreciate the effort and reminders from these City workers, who are just trying to help us dispose of our waste properly. I wouldn't want the manual sorting jobs at Greenwaste and am happy to do my small part to reduce our trash footprint on the planet.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2023 at 5:10 pm

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Additionally, our cans are not locked. We put them out the night before (sometimes while it is still daylight and people are out and about) and absolutely anyone can add to our cans. They are not even registered with a number to a particular household. Since anybody can dispose of trash in any of our cans when they are left on the street ready for pickup.

If they want to monitor our trash, then the least they can do is make each trashcan locked and registered to a street address.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 27, 2023 at 8:36 pm

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I got a nasty note on my can. We have a situation in which the overflow parking for the Gym and retirement home ends up on our street. People put their own trash into our cans, or left over lunch - wet and disorganized. I do not put my cans out now until late at night to avoid all of the strange traffic that some how ends up in our cans.

Posted by Rajiv
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Feb 22, 2023 at 10:56 am

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Evie, this is hilarious. I am the garbage sorting cop of the house, but even I can't get to the occasional moldy potato.

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