Picky residential garbage

Do you worry about what garbage goes in your can in Hoboken?

Walking by this trash can the other day on Hudson Street – I noticed a VERY clear message from the owner:

STOP! PLEASE NO DOG WASTE IN PRIVATE CAN”

Can you rightfully prevent use of your can if it’s on the sidewalk?

I mean if the can is on a public sidewalk, with no lid – and you’re a “responsible” dog owner and tie the poop bag to prevent leakage – is it really that big a deal?

Plus – maybe the city should also figure out that you often have to walk two, three sometime more blocks before a public can is available.

Reminded me of that Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where a guy got mad because Larry put trash in his can. Don’t we have bigger worries in this world?

15 Responses

  1. 212transplant says:

    Agreed! As long as it’s on the sidewalk. This person sounds a bit anal.

  2. YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

    Maybe some people bring the cans back inside between pick-up nights.. maybe those little bags kind of hang out and decompose in the bottom of the can (i.e., don’t get ejected with the regular garbage) and the owner of the can has to pluck them out eventually.. who knows.. one thing is for sure about garbage cans in town–they are unfortunately the most prominent features of many streets in areas of otherwise nice looking properties.. there should be a design competition to try to solve the problem.

  3. HansBrix says:

    I’ve found dog crap in my bins frequent enought to know:

    * it being on the sidewalk or not does not matter. Even if it’s behind the iron gating the poop bags still go in.

    * the bags are generally NOT tied well and stinky smeared dog crap in the bin is very common.

    * many dog owners cannot distinguish between a garbage can and a blue recycling bin.

    * many dog owners cannot distinguish between a garbage can and the sidewalk. I find those little baggies lying alone on the concrete every day.

    Maybe you see these signs of someone being “anal”. I see a person who’s fed up by other people imposing their dog crap on them too many times. will it kill you to bring it home and dispose of it properly?

    • beerzgood says:

      Well said.[quote comment=”217258″]I’ve found dog crap in my bins frequent enought to know:* it being on the sidewalk or not does not matter. Even if it’s behind the iron gating the poop bags still go in.* the bags are generally NOT tied well and stinky smeared dog crap in the bin is very common.* many dog owners cannot distinguish between a garbage can and a blue recycling bin.* many dog owners cannot distinguish between a garbage can and the sidewalk. I find those little baggies lying alone on the concrete every day.Maybe you see these signs of someone being “anal”. I see a person who’s fed up by other people imposing their dog crap on them too many times. will it kill you to bring it home and dispose of it properly?[/quote]

    • OpenEyes says:

      I agree with HansBrix- they put dog do do bags in my trash can and it is never on the side walk.
      They leak and it really pisses off the garbage guys who make even more noise .On top of that .I have to clean doo doo from my trash cans after the bags leak[quote comment=”217258″]I’ve found dog crap in my bins frequent enought to know:* it being on the sidewalk or not does not matter. Even if it’s behind the iron gating the poop bags still go in.* the bags are generally NOT tied well and stinky smeared dog crap in the bin is very common.* many dog owners cannot distinguish between a garbage can and a blue recycling bin.* many dog owners cannot distinguish between a garbage can and the sidewalk. I find those little baggies lying alone on the concrete every day.Maybe you see these signs of someone being “anal”. I see a person who’s fed up by other people imposing their dog crap on them too many times. will it kill you to bring it home and dispose of it properly?[/quote]

  4. homeworld says:

    People throw their dog crap in my recycling can all the time. I don’t mind if it’s the regular can, but I get pissed when it’s the recycling can.

  5. mooshu says:

    If the bag is knotted, I don’t know what the big deal is either especially considering that garbage is picked up a few times a week, and the trash cans I’ve dumped bags of poop in have always been lined.

    I think some residents just like to be angry all the time, and being all possessive over their precious trash cans gives them a purpose in life. One time this 60-something hag almost gave herself a stroke while yelling at me over my placing a knotted bag of poop in her lined trash can. I told her I understood why her yappy little dog was such a cranky little bitch…

    As for us… we don’t care if you dump your bags of dog poop, and dirty diapers, in our trash cans… The poop bags are always tied, never leak all over the place or smear.

    If you’ve been poop-smeared, it may have been deliberate. I’m just telling the truth here. And some residents are jerks who do deserve it…

    I mostly just dump bags of poop in public trash cans though. They’re close by.

  6. MidnightRacer says:

    Who owns the sidewalk: some cities do, some private persons do, depends on the deed. The city in many cases records an easement right for the public passage on a strip of private property that the private person owns, though the city owns the concrete. However, people might confuse the front concrete area between the building and sidewalk, thinking it’s a sidewalk when it’s actually private property.

    If you use someone’s garbage can not on the sidewalk easement, you’re trespassing, since it’s not an easement for throughway, and your vandalizing private property with that hot chunky brown sauce.

  7. homeworld says:

    Ordinance 110-2 states that it is a violation to put refuse on private
    property. So if their can is still at the curb, you didn’t do anything illegal.

    Like I said earlier, I have no problem with it if it’s in a garbage can. It’s when it’s thrown in the recycling cans that I get miffed. That’s just simply lazy and rude to to the people at the recycling plant that now have to sort through dog crap.

  8. back to the boken says:

    As a dog owner, I agree with the garbage can owner. I feel it’s rude to put your animal waste in a garbage can that is not “public”. You can debate semantics about the “private” description, but anybody can determine which cans are private and which are public. I don’t find it that cumbersome to carry the bag of waste a block or two (or god forbid three or four) to the nearest public waste bin, especially when as noted, it’s tied up responsibly! There are plenty of public trash cans in Hoboken, especially in the areas most utilized by people walking dogs (by the water, parks, dog runs, Washington street, etc…).

    I even asked my wife not to put animal waste in somebodies private can and we debated the reasoning for a while. She now uses the public trash cans.

    • ktbc says:

      I am a dog owner and I also never use privately owned cans. However, I disagree regarding the availability of public cans.There are NOT “plenty” of public waste bins in this town![quote comment=”217271″]As a dog owner, I agree with the garbage can owner. I feel it’s rude to put your animal waste in a garbage can that is not “public”. You can debate semantics about the “private” description, but anybody can determine which cans are private and which are public. I don’t find it that cumbersome to carry the bag of waste a block or two (or god forbid three or four) to the nearest public waste bin, especially when as noted, it’s tied up responsibly! There are plenty of public trash cans in Hoboken, especially in the areas most utilized by people walking dogs (by the water, parks, dog runs, Washington street, etc…).I even asked my wife not to put animal waste in somebodies private can and we debated the reasoning for a while. She now uses the public trash cans.[/quote]

  9. briank says:

    My rules as a dog owner: I will hang onto the bag if I am close to my own home. I will always look for a city trash can. If I have to go the private can route, I make sure the bag is well tied, non-recycling, and preferably a can with a liner (so even if the bag is smushed and breaks, no big deal). The alternative is disgusting, though I think the poop on the sidewalk has gotten a little better the last couple years.

  10. kooky kat says:

    The only thing that there there are “plenty of” in this town iare stupid bike lanes!! The lines are going in today on Adams it looks like, but they don’t see fit to put a public trash can within 3 blocks of my apartment!! 👿

  11. back to the boken says:

    are public waste bins that hard to find? washington street has one on just about every corner. elysian park has about 1 can per square foot of grass. waterfront has an abundance of cans as well as over by maxwell. further downtown, all along the waterway, the walkway and parks have more cans than necessary.

    i understand the above accounts for washington street and east, but west of washington contains less public space (although i would argue all the parks have an abundance of trash cans!)

  12. mooshu says:

    Another time I was just knotting a bag, not even throwing it out yet. But this other old bag decided to yell at me for no reason, and I wasn’t even going to dispose of a bag of poop in her trash can!

    She sure felt really lame after the guy right next door to her took his trash can, pulled off the lid, and offered it to me…

    As I said, some residents in this town are angry, with no explanation, nothing real to stand up for, AND they feel a sense of purpose around their precious trash cans.

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