Feb 092011

garbage can

I published this post originally in 2011, but I’m re-posting it as a reminder because reducing the size of your garbage can is such a painless way to save money each month.

Opting For A Smaller Garbage Can Could Save You $40/Month

A couple years ago our city introduced three sizes of garbage cans with correspondingly reduced prices.  The first is the standard size that you’re probably used to: 68 gallons.  When we were using disposable diapers for our daughter, we needed this full-sized can, so we had to pay full price on our garbage bill ($55.84/month).  But once she was potty trained, we noticed we were only filling the can 1/2 way each week.  So, we opted for the next size down: a 32 gallon can, at $26.05/month.  That’s almost $30/month in savings!  It didn’t take long before we realized we weren’t even filling the 32 gallon can all the way, so we opted for the smallest size: a 20 gallon can at $16.16/month.  That’s an additional $10/month in savings, meaning that we are saving $40/month on our garbage bill compared to using a standard sized can.  According to the EPA, many cities and counties are implenting these types of programs- check with your local garbage company to find out if they have a similar program available.

Viva Harris

+Viva Harris writes The Daily Citron, a fun blog about setting goals, saving money, staying organized, and enjoying life in the process. Don't want to miss any tips? Sign up for the free Daily Citron Weekly Newsletter.
 Posted by on February 9, 2011 at 5:04 am

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