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Not life changing …

1 Dec

Our city decided to get with the program last year and implemented a blue cart program for recycling collection. It didn’t get one because I live in a townhouse with private garbage collection. I really wanted one … but it didn’t adversely affect my life, just gave me a little case of envy.

But this year they have changed my life with the “black cart” — sounds ominous and it is!

Funny enough, part of their ad campaign announcing the new garbage collection carts went something like: “We’re not changing your life, just the way you take out your garbage.” Again, I am exempt from using one, but they are changing my life because I am a secret “Curb Snooper Scooper” …

Yes, when I see something good with your trash I take it home.

I have done it a few times in the past … I may or may not have encouraged my roommates in my Rosedale house to don their backpacks and gather bricks from back alley piles to make an impromptu fire pit for a party in our backyard … And maybe in my Highland Park house I rescued a beautiful antique side table from a dumpster (only later to have Mr. Somewhat throw it back in the trash!!!). I still have the skeleton of a French Provincial dresser that Mr. Somewhat brought home from the garbage garage knowing I would love it (well, I would love it if it had drawers …). Better yet, this July I snagged a teak deck chair from our dumpster and sold it online for $20 … But this August I kicked it into high gear. Coming home from work at 6 am on Tuesday mornings all the junk was laid out like a buffet! I scooped up two brand new IKEA outdoor folding bistro chairs and a Barbie scooter for Via, plus a few things I planned to go back for but I got beat out, maybe by Garbage Men, or maybe by another Snooper Scooper …

Now all I see are black and blue carts lining the roads. I am above opening garbage cans and rifling through them LOL, aren’t I? So now Tuesday mornings I see this and I just wonder what potential treasure is hiding in those cans …

Image courtesy City of Calgary

So, City of Calgary, the black carts have not changed how I take out my garbage, but they sure have changed my Tuesday morning walk.