What would you do with your garbage?

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  1. Mountain10mm

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    Something goes down and you're bugged in, bugged out, doesn't matter. What would you do with all your trash? Typical household here with some teenage kids. We generate about one, 45 gallon bag of trash every two days. It's INSANE how much garbage we make. Most of it is packaging of some sort for shipping, food, beverages, parts, you name it; if it comes from a store, it's likely packaged in something. Burning could be an option if fire bans aren't an issue, or if the smoke trail wouldn't compromise your position. Composting might help with some organic waste, storing outside would likely encourage animal pests... In hot weather, the stench would be nasty, fast. What do you do with your trash???
     
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    In our case.. we generate a trash can full every 3 weeks or so. In fact, we didn't take the can to the curb in Feb. Tomorrow is trash day, I will take a mostly full can down the drive in the morning. I have room for a burn pile. I have room to just store it for a while. I have several sink holes on my property. (just kidding, those are just for bodies..)

    Since most of yours comes from shipping and packaging.. well, in a SHTF, I don't think you will need to worry about that part. How much is left now to deal with?
     
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    Well, depends on the circumstances. A lot of what we normally think of as trash could be useful if certain cituations.
     
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    You wouldn't make anywhere near the trash and most of it could be either repurposed, saved or burned for fuel.
     
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    During the Viet-Nam war,you would be surprised at what the Vietnamese could make out of trash.Look for uses before calling it trash.
     
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    Some communities still have garbage dumps so there's that. Otherwise, burning or burying comes to mind.
     
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    You don't want to burn it or put it out on the street. All that says we have stuff, come and get us.

    You need to separate it into two piles.
    1 - no contact with food. Break down or cut up. You will be surprised how compact it will become. It can later be used for fuel.

    2 - contact with food - this is the hard part. If water if still working and you have stored all you can - wash it clean and compact it.
    If you can't wash it, compact it and get it out of the house. Dig a hole in your back yard if you can and bury it there. If you don't it will attract mice and insects. Get a good can opener and can crusher.
     
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    You guys are really using your imaginations if you can conjure up a scenario where a smoke trail from burning your Tombstone frozen pizza box would "compromise your position".

    Not trying to be a wise guy. But come on now. If Russian troops are chasing you, Taco Bell wrappers are going to be the last thing you have to worry about.

     
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    In a true big out/in situation burn, compost, bury.
     
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    I would have to burn trash I rekkon
     
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    I view that as more of a big city problem (and why I would not want to be caught in a big city).
     
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    John has a long mustache. The chair is against the wall.
     
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    Compost organic. Burn what you can for cooking or heat. Reuse what you can. Compact what you can.
     
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    Mine gets compacted bagged and canned, to the curb for pickup every
    Monday. Otherwise...

    I have acreage if needed to bury.
     
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    In our rural Texas county, we haul our own trash to one of two compactor sites. They will take anything including old appliances, tires, plastic, paper ...…...…. whatever. Hopefully, that would still be operating.

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    Where am I going to burn all these TP cardboard rolls after I use all this paper I'm hoarding?
     
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    Grampa burned his trash in a 55 gallon barrel. Amarillo TX, where I was born. I always enjoyed walking out and watching Grampa take care of business. Smelled great! I'd do exactly that today if necessary. It would be a pleasure.

    ETA: The HOA would have my nuts in a vice!
     
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    In the event of service shut down for less than 2 months:
    -diapers only in large waste receptacle
    -burnables into the 55gal burn barrel
    -plastics, compacted as much as possible into recycling receptacle

    If the scenario goes longer:
    -Will have to find off-site alternatives

    KILLERtj
     
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    Same thing we did before trash pickup was available, burn barrel then bury.


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    How about worrying about it when the time comes? Get the priorities straight. Get the thinking straight. Why worry about the law on handling trash and fires when you have posited a break down in society.

    My city water supply is fine. When the epidemic comes, it will not be transmitted in the water that comes to the house. Operators will still be available to dump chlorine in the city water. People who never prepare for any emergency are out buying dinkie plastic water bottles by the case. Why? Because the water will be cut off? Why do people think Excedrin will fight off the epidemic?

    If you are not going to bury your trash or burn it, imitate the homeless of today who imitated the princes of the middle ages when there was no running water and toilets. What the princes did was s--t up a palace, move to another palace while the s--t was being cleaned up by someone else.
     
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