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    we dont get garbage service as i am sure alot of u homesteaders dont.
    its ok when we just go to our cabin once in a while but what about when
    we live there?
    when we first bought our property-the neighbor had tons of empty food
    cans out in his front yard.
    i dont know why -but since then he cleaned them all up.
    so how do u content with garbage?


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    What can't be composted, burned or re-purposed can be saved and then disposed of on the next trip to town. Lots of uses for some of those items, but over time you may run out of ideas or desire to make another soup can table lamp. Since they are of concern, that probably means that there are enough trips to town to acquire more similar items. On those trips they can be disposed of or recycled.
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    We separate the bulk of our garbage and leave it at the end of the lane. Before the truck came we carted it to the recycling depot. Gone are the good? old days when you could bury it or just throw it over a bank. Burning cans use to be common, they rusted out and disappeared quicker.

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    Here are some ideas, some of them simply amazing:
    http://www.pinterest.com/spanishjone...-with-garbage/

    Might even end up making gifts or trading home made items for something you need.

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    i know to watch out for burn piles burning with cans in them with food in them.
    me and the grandsons cleaned out a camper and unthinkingly tossed cans of food
    into the burn pile.later a can of beans exploded in my hair,face and coat.
    good thing it was not real hot.maybe it was but it was so cold outside that it did not feel hot.
    when we bought our property.there was and is alot of junk still on it.
    we got some young fella to haul it all off.metal scraps.i think he was new at it and took more than
    what he knew to do with .so now he has alot of that stuff he took from us-at his place.
    but we were sure happy to get rid of some of the junk out there.

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    thanks BENESSE-i did check that out.
    hmm.not gonna be alot of room in the little cabin at the homestead.
    i plan on using my go green bags when i do shop.
    so i wont have a million plastic bags like i do now .lol.
    i love the kind of thing u posted from pinterest though.love pinterest.
    thank u.

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    found these.
    so funny.i wil be called the tin can craft lady.
    http://www.pinterest.com/tippy478/soup-can-crafts/

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    We don't get trash service either. We separate the food (goes into the compost pile), cans (rinsed crushed and bagged for the next dump load), and burnables which get burned in an old 100 gallon propane tank with the top cut off. This holds a lot more ash and lasts waaay longer than the common 55 gal drum.
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    alaskabushman-love the 100 gallon propane tank idea.
    thanks for that.
    i figure we can smash the cans flat.
    we can maybe not purchase alot of plastics or canned goods .
    maybe just using canning jars and such.
    growing our own food.
    maybe this will cut down on garbage.
    we dont get mail either.
    thanks for these ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabingal4 View Post
    alaskabushman-love the 100 gallon propane tank idea.
    thanks for that.
    It works great! A word if caution however, if you decide to go this route, make absolutely sure there is no more gas in the tank before you start cutting it. To prep mine I shot it with my 30-06 a few times (.223 wouldn't penetrate) and let it sit for a day. The filled the tank completely with water and let sit for another day. I was still really nervous when the torch cut through but it was all good. If you don't have an acetylene torch expect to use quite a few cutting wheels, these buggers are thick!
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    You do know that you could take the valve out right. Scratch that.......shooting is a lot more fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    You do know that you could take the valve out right. Scratch that.......shooting is a lot more fun.
    Tried that, it was so rusty it stripped off the nut flats. But yes...shooting it was much better
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    You do know that you could take the valve out right. Scratch that.......shooting is a lot more fun.
    Yup and have never had one "explode"......durn it
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabingal4 View Post
    i know to watch out for burn piles burning with cans in them with food in them.
    me and the grandsons cleaned out a camper and unthinkingly tossed cans of food
    into the burn pile.later a can of beans exploded in my hair,face and coat.
    good thing it was not real hot.maybe it was but it was so cold outside that it did not feel hot.
    when we bought our property.there was and is alot of junk still on it.
    we got some young fella to haul it all off.metal scraps.i think he was new at it and took more than
    what he knew to do with .so now he has alot of that stuff he took from us-at his place.
    but we were sure happy to get rid of some of the junk out there.
    There is a spot down in a ravine on "Unit two" that was used for a dump for a long time.....
    Had a young scrapper cart away 3 or 4 pic op loads of the "good stuff" metal......I still work at hauling off bad of junk from time to time.

    Too bad I used to go over there and shoot bottles before I owned it....cleaning up my mess is gonna take awhile.

    We have Wednesday Dump day....with recyclables bin and everything......reason for a trip to town.
    Have used the dumpster in the city park on occasion.......
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    I live out in the sticks too but we have a private service that picks up once a week.

    $10 monthly and money well spent.

    If the trash pickup stopped for some reason everything else I deal with would burn and the two or three tin cans a week would probably be recycled by me as holders for bent nails, nuts and bolts and nice shiny wind chimes to keep the birds out of the garden.

    I keep a "burn pile" collecting down on the corner of the lot and fire it up a couple of times a year to dispose of brush and crap wood I an not recycle. I'm about ready to run the water hose down there and deal with the spring cleanup waste.

    I know that would bring police cars, the forest service and the EPA out in some areas but it is completely safe and legal here. Our problem is getting things dry enough to burn well.
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    Since half of our borough population lives out of town, we have several transfer sites full of dumpsters. They are free and many of them even have a covered concrete platform to leave things that may be used by other's. We call it the Fairbanks Mall lol. They would much rather provide free trash disposal then people dump at the end of a dirt road or somewhere. With our temps, things don't break down very quickly.
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    I actually have a shot of one of our transfer sites with the covered pad in one of my videos. It's at 1:40.

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    We recycle everything. We do have curb side pick up but I choose to cart it to the Senior Citizen's recycling center so they make some money. The upside of recycling/reusing is you don't have nearly as much trash to dispose of. For us that means dumping it in a landfill that will get covered over and never rot. It also means those items recycled can be reused requiring less virgin resources to make products.

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    for those of you living in AK, how do you keep bears and other critters out of the compost pile?

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    Grizz123.i dont live in Alaska...but we call our woods lil Alaska.
    one time me and the mister were sitting out by the camp fire having sardines.
    they were so big.i chopped them up and put them on our crackers.
    i saved what sardines were left over and that nite we had a bobcat on our roof
    trying to get in.
    so once we retire out there-u are right.its going to be very interesting to see what shows up
    around our compost bin.
    good question i sure would love to hear about from Alaskans.

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