Letter to the editor – weight of the garbage bag

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Dear Editor,

I am at a loss to understand why, all of a sudden, my garbage is “too heavy”. The garbage can I use is the same one I have been using since the garbage pick-up started. For the last 7-8 years, I put my garbage can at the road for pick up, maybe every 2-3 weeks, as I compost and recycle, and only one person.

About three months ago, I got a notice on my garbage can that it exceeded 50 lbs. When I called the Municipality about this, I was told the “new guy” was particularly picky. What is he, a 100 lb weakling? Does he have a scale on the truck?

Once again, a few weeks ago, same notice, but this time indicating that the next time they would not collect the garbage.

I’m over 60, can lift the garbage can and take it to the road. Last week, I proceeded to take my luggage hand held scale, attach it to each kitchen garbage bag, and transfer it to another can to see total weight. Can you image!!! … and no way it totaled over 50 lbs for a full can. I’m thinking now that I will have to buy plastic garbage bags instead, not so environmentally friendly, and just weigh one bag.

Name withheld upon request

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