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How do you dump garbage if you don't have trash service?

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If you do not have regular garbage service, take your garbage to a landfill or transfer station for proper disposal. Many people find it possible to reduce the number of landfill trips by making some lifestyle changes.

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If your garbage includes food waste, it gets smelly and attracts vermin when you allow it to collect. Reduce these problems by avoiding food waste. Use leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day, and start a compost pile for vegetable scraps. Choose foods that reduce packaging to reduce the amount of household garbage you dump. Reusable shopping bags eliminate waste from paper or plastic bags.

Water bottles are a major source of landfill waste and household garbage. Purchase a reusable bottle and fill it with tap water. If you do not like the taste of your tap water, purchase a filter to remove any bad tastes and odors. Purchase reusable lunch containers for taking leftovers to work.

Use your locally recycling center to eliminate much of the garbage you produce. Plastic, glass and metal cans and containers are recyclable.

Reduce the amount of mail you receive by contacting the credit reporting agencies and opting out of prescreened offers. Ask companies that mail magazines and catalogs to take your name off their mailing list and use online billing. Shred and recycle any remaining mail and office paper. Read newspapers online instead of using the paper version.

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