Second Date With The Truck: Trash

by Josh on July 11, 2007 · 4 comments

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After the great time Truck and I had picking up mulch, I could hardly wait to hook up for another outing. This time, I thought we could pack up a few things from my place and go for a drive.

I’ve been collecting debris from my nursery project for over a year just waiting for the right truck to come along to sweep it all away. Borrowing my parent’s pickup while they were on vacation finally helped reduce the scrap piling up in my garage. (Can you believe some people actually park cars in their garages?)

Truckload of trash

Nasty old panelling? Gone!

Cheap replacement moulding? Outta here!

Bags of cellulose insulation? See ya!

Minneapolis provides residents with vouchers for free disposal of household trash and debris. Each household gets up to six vouchers per year to use for trash, debris and appliances, plus another two vouchers for tires worth eight tires each. Not only is the service free (provided you have a means of transporting your trash) but the dump site is just a couple miles from my house, so it’s super convenient, too.

Truck didn’t seem to mind another cheap date, though the weigh-in scale to check into the dump was an unfortunate and unplanned humiliation. A few minutes later I was tossing the debris onto the scrap pile.

Truck at the dump

As with the mulch, I could easily have taken another load of trash to the dump if time had allowed and if I had requested a second voucher. But I guess that’s how I know Truck is a good date: I’m always left wanting a bit more.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

ranty July 11, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Hooray for vouchers! I’ve used 5 of my 6 so far… and it’s making me anxious to only have one left so I’m saving all my crap up like a miser for that last big haul.

But oh how I’ve grown to love that south transfer station with its surly attendant who always seems to be on the phone with her mom when I show up…

That and the instant cameraderie of 5 people simultaneously whipping large pieces of crap against a cement wall and grinning at the smashing-sound.


AKA July 12, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Ah, smash and trash therapy can be rather satisfying.


Josh July 12, 2007 at 4:03 pm

You’re right, AKA, it was satisfying to clear out the junk. But Ranty, I wasn’t feeling the camaraderie. Here’s why: It was a busy time at the transfer station and there were five or six trucks unloading when I arrived. As I waited in line, some guys in a truck behind me passed by me in what looked like an attempt to get the next open spot themselves! When a spot finally opened up, I got it thanks to some assertive driving. But I still cannot believe the rudeness of the would-be line-cutters.


TonyT January 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

Now thats how to load a truck. I wish Nebraska had vouchers.


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