It’s a mundane task but someone’s got to do it and no the pooch isn’t equipped to handle large loads. Each week we set the alarm nice and early to make sure we take the rubbish out to the road for collection.
Some of us are smart and put it out the night before, but potentially risk getting a visit by natures masked bandits (raccoons) and wake up to a mess.
Some weeks are better than others but for the most part we manage to toss out what we no longer use in our home. Sometimes my neighbours pay me to walk my dog on bin day, and that’s ok I don’t mind. It’s amazing what people throw away but what’s most amazing is the cost comparison between blue bags and blue bins.
Each city is different in what they allow to be tossed in blue bins or bags but for the most part the list is standard. It’s always best to contact your city for details and by-laws.
Are you literally throwing your money away using Blue Recycle Bags?
Let’s do a comparison, shall we!
We will use Canadian Tire Regular Prices meaning they could get even cheaper if you wait for a Deal or better yet use your Canadian Tire Money…(that’s what Mr.CBB would do)
1x 87 Litre Blue Box = $11.49 that’s $12.98 with tax
1x 77 Litre Blue Recycle Bags (30 count) =$7.99 thats $9.02 with tax
If you use
1 Bag per Week = 52 Bags per year or
2 packs of Blue Recycle Bags totalling $18.04
OR …. You could save the cash in your budget and find yourself a blue bin for free or pay a one time fee of $12.98 at Canadian Tire and save yourself $5.06 per year.
Our cost per year using blue bins: $0
Cost using blue bags per year:
- $18.04 for 1 bag a week (52 bags a year)
- $36.08 for 2 bags a week (104 bags a year)
- $54.12 for 3 bags a week (156 bags a year)
Next Year- Cost for recycling $0
We have 4 bins all of which we picked up for free on-line and from friends in other cities. We do suggest you write in black marker your address on the bin in case it ends up in your neighbours back yard or down the street after a gale of wind.
Last year we saved over $54 by getting our bins for free and using them instead of Blue Recycling Bags. So if you are allowed to use both the Blue bags and the Blue bins in your community and are using bags think of the potential savings I’ve provided you with-in your budget.
When you say I can’t think of ways to trim the budget, think hard I bet you will find something!
In 10 years with no inflation you keep an estimated $540 in your pocket depending on the cost of materials above… it’s still better than tossing it in the bin, is it not?