So earlier this spring, we had some changes come to our garbage, recycling and yard waste collections.
Previously, it was garbage every week, and either recycling or yard waste on alternate weeks. Now we have garbage and yard waste picked up every week ("yard waste" being a bit of a misnomer - food scraps are included in that). Recycling is still every other week.
Maybe my household is atypical, but I'm wondering if we would not have had better usage if they had gone to recycling pickup every week, and kept the yard waste every other week.
By the time recycling pickup comes around (every 2 weeks), our recycling bin is usually very full or overflowing. We only fill up the yard waste bin about once a month (we could probably go 4-6 weeks through most of the year without having it picked up, unless we've done an exceptionally large amount of yard work; and in the rainy months we don't even need it emptied that often).
I see the solid waste trucks come down my block. From the looks of things, few of my neighbors are putting out their yard waste bins any more often than I am - but they do seem to have overflowing recycling bins all the time, too, just like my house. The yard waste truck cruises by slowly looking for yard waste bins, often going the length of my street without finding any to stop and empty. I've even seen them drive by more than once during the same day - like they're desparate for "business."
Is there something different about my block? Or do others here agree that we would be better served with recycling every week and yard waste pickup every other week? Or do you all do that much more yard work than me (I can only mow the lawn so often, and there's only so much plant material I can cut down)?