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Thank You – Trash Hauler Survey

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to complete this trash hauler and recycling survey. Our next step will be to look at responses and see if they present a way forward.

I’ll be in touch. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let me know.

Rebekah Smith

Help Wanted

Help Wanted


Organize in your neighborhood for a single trash hauler. Or, if you have another passion to share, such as composting, gardening, or renewable energy – we can talk about that too!

Worm Bin Hosts

Help keep resources in the neighborhood as you become an expert vermiculturist with support from the University of St. Thomas.

Worm Food Delivery Drivers

Help with an ambitious composting demonstration by picking up and delivering coffee grounds from local businesses at least once a week. This is roughly a 20-30 minute task with a predictable time that can suit your schedule. It requires a car and lifting 50 pounds. As volunteer providing this super valuable help, you’ll enjoy some perks, including plenty of free worm castings for your garden.

Graphic Artists, Illustrators

Sane Sanitation could use some artwork, don’t you think? If you know your way around Photoshop and can whip up a logo and a banner for us, we would welcome the help! There could also be some opportunities for someone who can do illustrations and cartoons.

Your Blocks

Hello Again!

If you would like to set up a trash hauler survey for your area, provide the proper names of each street in it. Separate each name with a comma.

Example: N Cleveland Ave, W Roblyn Ave, Carroll Ave

Once you have provided this information, you will get a password for your survey, which you can share with those who live in the area.

[pdb_record fields=”last_name, first_name, area, streets_in_area”]

Thank You

Thank you!


If you do not see your confirmation email in your inbox, check your spam folder.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Rebekah Smith



Website Development

I am just learning about WordPress and am enjoying its flexibility compared to the restraints of other website tools such as Google Sites and Blogger. These excellent free services have served me very well for some modest purposes such as for my personal blog and a website for my community garden. However, new projects demand more and have given me a good reason to investigate WordPress. I considered other popular Content Management Systems and assume I’ve made a trade-off as we often do when making such choices. Nevertheless, WordPress is proving to do the trick and is the right choice for the moment.

I am grateful – very grateful – for all of those free tutorials, code snippets, plugins, graphics, etc. that are generously shared. It’s this kind of thing – the sharing of knowledge about any topic imaginable – that redeems the Internet from some worrisome drawbacks, such as a generation that never looks up from the screen.

Below I am listing the resources that helped me figure stuff out. I have a lot more to add and will do that soon.

Generates style codes and more.
Step-by-step interactive lessons on HTML CSS, Javascript, PHP and more.
Icon Archive
The name says it all. Credit to individual artists coming soon.



Organizing for a Single Trash Hauler

If you have too many garbage trucks using the streets and alleys in your neighborhood like we do, consider organizing your neighbors to agree on one hauler.

Political Will

Thanks to a change in state law, cities are now free to create zones for trash haulers that make some sense. Ask your city councilmember to take action.

Organics Recycling

There are a few different ways you can recycle your kitchen scraps to significantly reduce waste and build healthy soil that doesn’t rely on toxic chemicals, yet another aspect of an insane system that needs to go away.


It’s 2013. Over 20 years ago, in school my nephew Joe was learning about why it’s important to recycle. Today, we’re still arguing over bottle deposits, which are proven to increase recycling rates. In the meantime, an assortment of organizations is devoted to telling us what Joe learned when he was ten.


What’s Crazy

Too Many Garbage Trucks

truck Five, six, seven and more garbage trucks using a single alley every week is insane! While this is common here in St. Paul, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Flushing Money Down the Toilet

truck Whether it’s businesses that can’t run as efficiently as ethically and environmentally possible because your san man is negotiating a checker-board garbage route instead of sailing through blocks of consolidated customers, or their customers who will pick up the tab for the inflated cost of service, who has even five dollars to flush down the toilet?

Wasting Resources

recycle It’s insane to entomb resources in a landfill only to use even more resources to extract them later. While landfill mining and reclamation (LFMR) has its uses, it solves problems we can avoid now that we know better.

Forgetting Basic Skills


Nothing illustrates the insanity of using limited resources to haul yet even more resources to a landfill better than an apple core. Most kitchen waste can be easily composted at home and used to build healthy soil, a basic need and the foundation of wealth.

Polluting the Earth

Putting organics in landfills causes serious environmental problems, as this video from Metro Vancouver explains.

What’s Sane

  • In a perfect world, there is no waste. For example, sane systems are designed such that the by-product of one process becomes the feedstock of another.
  • Even though zero waste might not be possible right away, we still aim for it.
  • We handle the waste we do generate responsibly.
  • We pay a fair price for a fair service. Not more. Not less.
  • We keep what works, get rid of what wouldn’t make sense to a fourth-grader, and invent what’s needed.