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We decided to rent a roll-off dumpster and get rid of a bunch of our stuff that is not in good enough shape to be donated. The dumpster is 7 feet wide by 12 feet long, with 4 foot sides - 12 cubic yard capacity. $325.00 with one week to fill it.



We have things like old scrap metal and defunct barbecue grills from which we've harvested the maximum amount of spare parts. There's a lot of tatty old stuff that is not collectible, nor something someone else would want. We don't have city-style trash service here, no big trash pick up day, so the stuff builds up here and there around the property.

Of course there are a lot of things that evoke memories and to which a family or personal story is attached. If I get a pang of nostalgia over one of those tatty things, I take a picture of it, and then I'll have the picture to trigger the memory instead of having to store the physical thing.

I'm glad we're doing it, but it will be nice to see the end of this project.

posted on July 6, 2021 4:40 PM ()

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thats about A$750 WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
comment by kevinshere on Sept 4, 2021 12:04 AM ()
When they try to charge a fee for trash around here the stuff ends up "over the bank". I have tires in my garage that I haven't figured out how to dispose of yet.
comment by jjoohhnn on July 11, 2021 11:39 AM ()
Goodyear, or other tire sellers. But you'll have to pay $5 or so.
reply by drmaus on July 12, 2021 12:19 PM ()
The scrappers in the post below is about people who pick up metal and computer stuff etc and sell it to the "crusher" for cash. It doesn't get reused. The price of scrap in upstate NY is low right now, but getting rid of a stove or washer is no problem.
comment by jjoohhnn on July 11, 2021 10:06 AM ()
I know what a scrapper is, and I assure you all that there were no items put in that dumpster that they would be interested in - no large appliances, no cast iron, etc.

It is against Colorado state law to put computers and TVs in the landfill and nobody, not even so-called 'scrappers' will take them - we have to take them to special recycling places and pay a fee.

And we didn't put any TVs or computers in the dumpster.
reply by traveltales on July 11, 2021 10:27 AM ()
It takes real guts to do this. we do have curbside pick ups and most anything has value to someone.
comment by elderjane on July 10, 2021 4:28 AM ()
Not everything has value to someone. Some of it is just plain junk.
reply by traveltales on July 10, 2021 5:28 PM ()
It's too bad you don't have scrappers nearby who come running for the metal. All we have to do is put it outside, sometimes to put a curb alert in Craigslist. It's wonderful getting rid of a heap of stuff.
comment by drmaus on July 8, 2021 6:58 AM ()
It's easy to wish that stuff would find a new home, but it's not always realistic. We do not aspire to go into the merchandising business and become professional sellers trying to wring a few dollars out of old things that are not in good enough shape to sell.
reply by traveltales on July 10, 2021 5:31 PM ()
I was expecting a bear story!
comment by jjoohhnn on July 7, 2021 4:54 AM ()
The bear was here again the other day when we were away for a couple hours. He'll be back!
reply by traveltales on July 10, 2021 5:32 PM ()
It is hard to part with loved items even though they are dingy, I have shredded lots of stuff but I am not brutal enough to get rid of antiques.
comment by elderjane on July 7, 2021 4:42 AM ()
None of what we got rid of was an antique.
reply by traveltales on July 10, 2021 5:31 PM ()
Ahhh, reminds me of my moving/downsizing efforts just a few years ago. Thank goodness my old apartment building had a dumpster. I had saved so many utterly useless, old "sentimental" things and, even worse, parts of things, it had really gotten out of hand. Out they all went. The memories of times those "things" represented and the smiles that accompanied them were much lighter to move.
comment by marta on July 7, 2021 4:37 AM ()
Yes, the memories. I have the pictures of the items that gave me pause. Time will tell if I'll enjoy looking at them, or will it be painful to see what we no longer have.
reply by traveltales on July 10, 2021 5:40 PM ()
I do a "if I haven't used it this past year out it goes" EVERY January!! Why do I need 6 coffee mugs? 4 bathroom sets? What's funny is every year I have loads of 'stuff' to get rid of!!
comment by greatmartin on July 6, 2021 8:15 PM ()
I don't think we'll ever get to that stage.
reply by traveltales on July 10, 2021 5:48 PM ()

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