This would be a good time to clarify, my garbage is not like most
people's garbage. My garbage does not smell and attracts no living
When seeking to live off-grid, garbage is a problem turned into a
Q: So if I don't have a regular garbage
pickup, where's my garbage?
A: Glad you asked. As it turns out, it's easy to make less garbage.
Firstly, let's define garbage in an on-grid situation vs garbage in an
In an on-grid situation, your trash is trash that could be recycled,
however the difficulty in finding the means to purpose it are limited
(especially if you live in the cities or apartments). And furthermore,
even if you were able to recycle your trash, it is for another entity
that you toil. The term recycle is defined as re-using a commodity or
other material for another purpose. Recycle is NOT defined as making
some other entity fat with your donation (that will later turn around
and raise their prices for their product with no thought to your
donations). Typically though, trash in an on-grid situation cannot be
separated for recycling, and therefore becomes
However, in an off-grid
situation, your trash is a commodity
. Recycling is automatic,
unless you are cash-flush.
Explained further, garbage basically
consists of plant and animal by-products, glass, metals, and styros.
Let's talk trash.
1.) Paper or cardboard.
Since I heat and cook with wood, that garbage is kindling
and a necessary commodity.
The stove generally stays on day and night in the winter time, but even
in the warmer months kindling is vital during the times when cooking is
So with the elimination of paper, wood, and
cardboard from the garbage, instantly transforms my garbage to be less
garbage than the next person.
2.) Table scraps. Vegetable and fruit processing scrap, etc.,
ends up in a sealed compost container (recycled kitty-litter container),
and ultimately incorporated into the garden. Any meat products go to the
As it turns out the soil is starving for nutrition (so likewise when I
die, I'd prefer NOT to be simply burned up so that you have to breathe
that crap, but I also would prefer NOT to be buried in a box. It gets no
more selfish even unto death when your body has all the nutrients that
could replenish your dying planet...just a thought).
So that eliminates table scraps and other
animal and plant-matter from my garbage, which is usually where
garbage odors originate from.
3.) Steel and other metals are re-used in all sorts of varied
When there is too much accumulated metals, one phone call makes it all
go away (search location: craigslist;
search term: metal scrapper).
Donating also helps the community by giving the
excess to the starving scrappers.
4.) Glass products are reused in canning, storage, or used as
Very little glass ends up in the garbage until
it results in breakage.
5.) Plastics and styros. You
So the useless plastics are
garbage, and bagged up.
On average, I'd say there's one bag per month that is carried out to the
sealed dumpster (a 40-foot bus).
However, even styrofoams have come in handy during the winter.
Temporarily insulating the 3-car garage openings shielded me from the
bitter cold that is outside during the winter time. One winter it was
recorded as being 12degrees outside; 84 degrees inside! ";-)
There are no
odors because there's no food-matter left in the garbage. No
critters will find sustenance from my garbage.
I state the long-winded aforementioned
to curtail the more judgmental among us, that might just assume
something incorrectly, and lose the message for the wrongful
assumption. Hello Codes Department.
In short, Think long-term in more than just your garbage, cables,
sustenance, energy, etc. Remember you
are going to get old; You are going to get forgetful; You are going to
get error-prone, it's inevitable (if you even live that long).
I have not lived in the house since 2014, and it's now 2018. There have
been two occurrences when outside help has been needed in dealing with
the residual trash (plastics and Styrofoams), and on those two occasions
a trash guy was called for the minimum 3-month contract. I actually did
not even require the assistance of an outside source to remove the
build-up of the trash on the bus the second time. However, with the
arrival of my mother during a summer visit, she insisted in having the
Refuse Collection Company for the three months while she visited and I
jumped on the bandwagon to clean out the bus though it was not even 1/3
The Refuse Collection Company that was utilized for two three-month
stints is H.W.
Mann & Sons Hauling Service.
I'd like to take the time to mention this Trash Company due to a number
of reasons, least of all the reasons are their incredible amount of
consideration which the Company has shown.
For example, unlike other trash companies of my past, these guys make
absolutely certain the trash is picked up, even when a raccoon tore
through all our bags and made quite a mess!
The fine American Hauling Company had the above-and-beyond consideration
to send a letter after we concluded our service with them. Before I tell
you the contents of the letter, I first would like to point out a few
items of character that I find outstanding and reminiscent of how good
non-monopoly companies USED to treat us Americans before monopolies took
1.) The letter was not a canned-response, it was HAND-WRITTEN by a
2.) The paper the hand-written letter was comprised of was not cheap
capitalistic crap. In fact it was the tri-ply type of paper with two
copies availed for our use.
3.) The Postage Stamp of an American Flag was licked by a human and
placed on the envelope with apparent care (as opposed to the tax-breaks
that the monopolies get, which enjoy lower postage and no stamp
4.) At the bottom of the page were the words: THANK YOU ! (also
5.) Even the envelope was handwritten, and neatly at that.
When we terminate business with any company, whether it be for electric
or a roofer's service, how many would actually take the time and expense
to make us feel this pleased to have spent money with them (even if we
had to anyway)?
When considering the time to hand-write a letter, purchase an envelope,
figure out what a stamp will cost us this year, purchase special paper,
and then add the cost of labor to place it in the care of the Postal
Service, we have evolved to acquiring a faithful customer (as opposed
the the canned-letters we get from the monopolies which is littered with
the motive to up-sell or some other non-caring capitalistic motive).
The letter specified the period of our agreement and thanked us for
choosing H.W. Mann & Sons for our hauling needs.
From the letter I can plainly see that it is truly a family-based
business owned and operated by Katherine Mann, Charles Mann, Willard
Mann, and Lewis Mann. This alone is amazing to me because If I had to
work with anyone in my family I'm certain I'd be found stark raving mad!
Exceptional is a word that comes to mind when I think of that trash
Company. So in spreading the good will, I close this pseudo-review with
their address and number should anyone else in Springfield Ohio wish to
try them out.
Phone: (937) 324-1324 and their address is 2614 Rocket Avenue in
Springfield Ohio 45505.
If this were a canned response (not hand-written) I'd have barely given
it a thought and hurled it into the kindling pile. And in all honesty
the envelope and one of the tri-ply copies will indeed be used to start
a fire when needed. But due to this well-placed thank-you note, if you
come by my garage you'll invariably find a copy of the Mann & Sons
letter posted on the left wall as you enter the garage where I call my
Okay, Enough about the trash already.
Thinking long-term and beyond our myopic existence.
There's not always a clear indication when you begin to decompose while
you still live. And we can't necessarily dictate to our minds that we
would prefer to be the kind elderly person and not the pervert....it
just happens. A little forgetfulness one day, then another day it
becomes a little frustration...and bam, before you know it you're
finding yourself talking to inanimate objects!
Whatsoever you do, do unto the next generation, your family tree, your
neighbor (not for yourself solely...the initial investment in solar
rarely sees a monetary return in an off-grid scenario. For the next
generation however, your efforts equate to nothing
BUY TESTED AND TRUE PRODUCTS, and if you can't afford it, then God
probably didn't want you to have it yet anyway. What now? Rebel against
God and get the plastic version instead?.
Your death should leave something of substance that will get you
remembered, the artifacts of which may be used for generations to come;
as opposed to the useless idols and graven images we may accumulate,
commonly referred to as trinkets. In contrast, Tools of old, are
commonly found usable even to this very day. Whereas the cheaper made
modern-day tools will rarely survive even our own existence, let alone
Buying plastic crap leaves plastic crap, the owner of whom left the
following generation to pay to move the plastic crap to the dump, or
have a somewhat embarrassing garage sale in the hopes that someone will
buy the plastic crap.
What you choose to leave behind determines your character, your
foresight, and more. Getting old is no
new science. Look around. No old people? Fewer old people this
year than last? Fluoride in "public" water supplies, genetically
"modified" foods, nuclear plants within 30 miles of your home, and more
contribute to the increase in cancers and early termination of the
humans and other wild life. Unless your eyes are diminished by the
"statistics" brought to you by others, It appears that death is
ever-present with the increase of capitalist crap. Prepare while you
still have a mind to. Perform your projects as if you will be aged and
With this much working against you, and even age being added to what's
already against your sense of security, Motion
Sensors, Light Sensors, and Timed Sensors will remember to turn
on and off appliances so you can remember more important things.
p.s. Ingesting fluoride will not make your teeth whiter, If my memory
serves correctly, fluoride is a slag byproduct of a bomb-making
industry. How does that make you feel, my expendable countrymen and
Since it's a fact that we all age and are prone to forgetfulness, get
some sensors to help you out, here's a reason or two as to why.
The modern-day old people may die prematurely of heart attacks this year
if they find themselves forgetting to turn off a light or television
when the on-grid electric monopoly require payment from our elderly (and
penalize or profiteer from their forgetfulness).
However, in and off-grid
scenario, the monopolies barely exist to us, and will have no say-so in
what light we forget to turn off, or that we must pay them for our
Incorporating sensors tends to the menial tasks and saves energy (they
work even in an on-grid
Motion sensors are awesome for lights,
security cameras and alarms, and can even tell you when there's a
visitor at your front door!
Like Motion Sensors, timed Sensors are
great for lights, too.
Use Timed-sensors indoors for your lights and they'll turn on
for you without your ever having to find a switch! If there's no
movement for a specified period of time, electrical connections are
disconnected automatically (until there's still motion).
This may not seem like much until you try to live off a battery in the
Ohio wintertime or deal with an electric monopoly on a fixed-income in
an Enron-rampant economy!
And don't just buy one sensor, get a zillion of them!
There are areas of your living space that can not be seen by a solitary
sensor, which could be hazardous if you happen to be cooking and the
lights go out. When a sensor doesn't sense movement, imagine the lights
turning off because they were operated from a solitary sensor.
Trying to see where to rest the hot pan and plate you're holding, and
then waving your arm around like a madman trying to get the flipping
light to come back on is unsafe living!
Place numerous sensors, each sensor controlling lights of their own. The
result will be much light when much motion is detected, less light when
barely moving, and off when you walk away or fall asleep.
Also, consider using LED's which permit for more light with least
consumption of energy (on-grid or off-grid).
So, thinking in terms of longevity, automation is key, but also allows
for the long-term life of your battery bank if you happen to be living
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