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Oops - Qualified Perceptions
So, when we constructed the Vast Barricades of trash outside of Ibbetson, I looked up the Somerville trash web site. And it said (or at least, the places I found to look said) things like "put your recyclables in these recycle things, paper in paper bags or twine, you must get a $20 permit for "white appliances" like washing machines... but that was about it. And then they happily picked up all the Vast Barricade, including the pieces of sofa and the wood from the ex-planter on the back porch, and so on.

So I mistakenly thought that ex-wall wood was okay, too. Nope, and it turns out there's lots of trash regulations in the state legal code including those that prohibit trash disposal of "construction" trash.

Happily, harrock is much better at being an idiot than I am. No, no, that didn't come out right at all. When I realize I've been an idiot, I get all cranky and snap about; he just deals (perhaps due to a willingness to take turns on who is cranky at any given moment), and now we have someone coming to take it away tomorrow.

Of course, I'm still imagining the neighbors looking at the wood and saying "tsk, what were they thinking, what a mess." Which really bears no resemblance to what our actual neighbors would say, since they're all preturnaturally friendly and helpful.

Current Mood: embarrassed embarrassed
Current Music: Grimthorpe Colliery Band

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: September 21st, 2004 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
As far as I can tell, if it looks like it came from a big construction project they won't take it.
On the other hand they'll take exactly the same stuff if you portion it out week after week. And if it looks like it came from a giant basement cleaning or moveout cleaning, they'll take it. It's rather practical, actually.
I've also heard rumors that they'll take it if you can produce the permits for the work.
Now you know to always make the contractors haul their own debris away.
vorpalbunny From: vorpalbunny Date: September 21st, 2004 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
As I recall from my reading and experiences, they don't take contractor debris, but they do take homeowner project debris - I sent an awful lot of wood paneling to the dump via the Somerville Trash Collectors. Seems to be a volume thing.
From: treptoplax Date: September 21st, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
~ 10 years ago, there was a lot of crazy regulation about getting that kind of stuff tested for lead paint before you could put it in the trash, but eventually sanity prevailed when someone realized that, dangerous or not, it was safer in the dump than in somebody's living room.
From: tirinian Date: September 21st, 2004 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, the neighbors called this afternoon to make sure we knew it wasn't going to be picked up. I reassured them that someone is coming tomorrow. :-)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 21st, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)


But did they say it in a tsking tone, or a friendly helpful tone? :)
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