Lock My Trash Up


I was admiring my fastidious neighbor’s immaculate sidewalk when I noticed something different about his perfectly aligned trash and recycle bins. The recycling bin is secured by one padlock and the trash bin by two.

Are they to keep other trash out or to keep his in? Are there unshredded secrets in his garbage or does he just despise the idea of a passerby dropping in something?

I came back with a camera, got this shot and, afraid he might catch me scoping out his treasure, snuck away. You know how sensitive people can be about photography in high-security areas.

3 Comments so far

  1. Molly (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    I would LOVE to lock my trash cans. I have neighbors that never put their trash out on the assigned day, and then put all their trash in my trash can…they fill it to the brim, leaving no room for me to put my own trash in the can. I hate my neighbors.

    (Don’t worry. I don’t live anywhere near DC. None of you could be my neighbors. I’m sure I’d love you.)

  2. Doug (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 9:33 pm

    If you could get into those trash cans, I can’t help wondering if you’d find his “refuse” has been wrapped in paper towels, then foil, and finally in a brown paper bag secured with tape. Does anyone else miss Phil Hartman?

  3. Aaron (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 6:24 am

    I would think most urban dwellers could instantly recognize the need for locking up the garbage. In San Francisco, the homeless sweep through each street on its assigned garbage collection eve to rummage through the garbage/recycle bins for anything of value. Though I do not like the idea of anyone sifting through my garbage at all, it is particularly annoying in the instances where they actually turn the cans upside down — spreading garbage all across the sidewalk. The sanitation workers don’t pick up the mess, and it only has to happen to you a couple of weeks in a row to put you on the hunt for locking containers. No, I doubt you would find this gentleman’s garbage wrapped in towels, foil, paper, and tape — just not often finding himself cleaning the streets.

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