yard waste & trailers
I’ve got a whole bunch (a bit under a cu yd I think) of shrubbery clippings that I need to get rid of. My options are : drag them behind the garage and leave them forever, wait until the city has yard waste pickup and bag them, try to compost them, load them onto a trailer and schlep them to the recycle center. The first is antisocial. The second is tedious and annoying. The third probably requires I obtain a chipper, since some of the debris is inch-plus in diameter and won’t compost well. The fourth requires a good-sized trailer. I like this idea, but don’t know anybody with the right kind of trailer. If someone were to donate a flatbed cargo trailer to freeride, would they be able to rent it out to people by the day? I’m thinking it might even be suitable for moving a loveseat across town, slowly.
That would be a great idea. A bike carrying case (like for rail/airline travel) would be another great “rentable….”
This might say more about me than about the problem at hand, but I usually get the loppers out and cut stuff small enough to blend into the compost. Eventually it rots, but in the meanwhile it doesn’t get in the way.
When we used to live right next to Frick Park, I’d haul large branches out into the park. It’s not trash, after all. (But do cut things up a bit, so the bacteria and mold can get a head start.)
@lyle – are you suggesting a bike trailer, or a car trailer?
I’m not sure I would look to free ride for a car trailer for my yard waste.
I’d probably just be patient until the city pick-up (and really, isn’t everything about trimming the hedges tedious and annoying anyway?).
I’ve moved several times entirely by bicycle. Usually I’ve used a Worksman trike pulling a large 4’x3′ trailer. I’ve hauled huge things with the Worksman, including couches and washing machines. It’s funny how people tell me, “Oh, I wish I’d known you were moving, I have a car.” As though we could fit a couch or a washing machine in their car! With a large trailer, I’m actually more mobile than I would be with a passenger automobile.
It’s a good bit flatter where he lives though. Still, I love looking at the pics of all the stuff he’s hauled.
@ALMKLM: a bike trailer, of course. I used to own one but didn’t use it enough to justify the storage space.
Sounds like a fun project idea for free ride and construction junction: fabrication of a usable bike trailer from items sourced between their two shops!?
When is the city doing pickup? I don’t see anything on the web site about it, but I saw a PG article implying they do it.
BTW, they changed the “Refuse and Recycling at a Glance” thing this year and removed the line “Up to 5 bags of leaves will be collected curbside” (if you change ’10’ in the URL to ’09’ you can see it was there last year). I just put some leaves out and they took them, though.
BTW, I don’t recommend letting paper bags of leaves sit in your garage all summer. I had a real mess of disintegrated bags full of spiders to clean up. Ugh I hate spiders.
Lyle, I’m not sure what’s antisocial about piling them up behind your garage. Maybe you have less space than I do. I have a large yard, and have been throwing hedge clippings, small branches and the like in the same pile for years (look for mound behind the small white bag, background, right center). It never grows in size. Must be some wonderful compost at the bottom of it. Nobody has ever said anything about it. Nor have I ever said anything about my over-the-back-fence neighbor’s perennial 4x8x3-foot leaf pile. Having some space gives you that privilege, I guess.
I have an old burley that I use to haul 1/4 kegs. Also used it to haul the neighborhood christmas trees to construction junction a few years ago– that was a good work out. Got lots of cheers as I went past the coop on Meade.
Much better plan to compost if you can. You just need about 2, one cubic yard fenced in areas.
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