Who handles your condo garbage collection?

I was surprised to get a notice the other day about our ‘dumpster free service’ at Trace. The notice instructed us to dump our garbage down the chutes, place larger items in the garbage room and that we were to use the provided bags for recyclables (and take those to the garbage room too.) Still having a lot of garbage in my unit I emailedl our property manager to ask when pickup day was because I didn’t want to overwhelm the garbage service and she said to take whatever I needed to downstairs and it would be dealt with quickly, maybe even daily.

I found this all a little puzzling since being woken up in the mornings by dumpster pickups and glass being empty into the recycling truck is a big part of downtown living. As is going to put your garbage or recycling in the bins and finding them completely overflowing.

Anyhow this service is all provided by a company called CleanScapes; then as I was eating lunch the other day I happened upon a copy of the Seattle Weekly and read their cover story, In the Future, Your Recycling Will Be Monitored and Dumpsters Will Be Trashed which is essentially an article about CleanScapes:

CleanScapes is tapping into the new garbage morality that arose with the recycling age and has only gotten more intense. To those who follow the creed, there’s a right and a wrong way to treat your trash, and Martin is quick to tell you which is which.

After reading the article it sounds like what we have at Trace is a boutique garbage and recycling collection service. I’m sure it isn’t cheap but it sounds clean, green and more importantly the right thing to be doing. The only thing puzzling me now is why our building has a garbage chute but not a recycling one.

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  • JasonC

    Matt: I was under the impression we could use the garbage shoot for the recycling. So long as it is those special bags to distinguish it from the rubbish?

  • JasonC

    Matt: I was under the impression we could use the garbage shoot for the recycling. So long as it is those special bags to distinguish it from the rubbish?

  • http://www.gallerybelltown.com Mike

    So you can actually use the chute for 12 packs full of empty beer bottles without the guilt? Brilliant! Hope your unit isn’t close to the breaking glass though.

  • http://www.gallerybelltown.com Mike

    So you can actually use the chute for 12 packs full of empty beer bottles without the guilt? Brilliant! Hope your unit isn’t close to the breaking glass though.

  • EconE

    Actually…I believe that the proper Canuck term for a 12 pack is a “half rack”.

    But anyhow…we only have one chute here at 2200 for trash only. We have to walk our recyclables down to a separate room next to the trash. There was a note that asked residents to please not to throw wine bottles etc. down the trash chute because the maintenance guy almost got clocked in the head by a stray bottle being discarded.

    My question…WTF was they guy doing in the dumpster in the first place.

    Seriously though…you probably won’t find “recyclable chutes” as I can only assume that recycling companies don’t want a bunch of broken glass.

  • EconE

    Actually…I believe that the proper Canuck term for a 12 pack is a “half rack”.

    But anyhow…we only have one chute here at 2200 for trash only. We have to walk our recyclables down to a separate room next to the trash. There was a note that asked residents to please not to throw wine bottles etc. down the trash chute because the maintenance guy almost got clocked in the head by a stray bottle being discarded.

    My question…WTF was they guy doing in the dumpster in the first place.

    Seriously though…you probably won’t find “recyclable chutes” as I can only assume that recycling companies don’t want a bunch of broken glass.

  • Kristin

    Wow. That’s unique. Very cool. I was impressed with how “green” your building is when I toured a few units last weekend.

  • Kristin

    Wow. That’s unique. Very cool. I was impressed with how “green” your building is when I toured a few units last weekend.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Oddly they didn’t use CFLs in the light fixtures…

  • http://blog.mattgoyer.com Matt

    Oddly they didn’t use CFLs in the light fixtures…