Green Done Up Brown


When somebody did something very well, my mom said, “They did it up brown.” At the time I didn’t know where the phrase came from, but I now suspect it had cooking roots.

Anyway, The Villages, announced a trash recycling program that they’ve been working on for three years. Three years, you say? This required careful coordination with several trash companies and two of the three affected local county governments. They have also coordinated with local merchants like Publix, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Ace Hardware, and Home Depot, to make sure there will be enough supply of the required trash bags. 1That they’ve all sold out is not The Villages fault

Here’s the plan:Homeowners collect recyclables into 13 gallon clear drawstring trash bags. Pretty much everything that is recyclable is eligible: plastic, newspaper, magazines, phone books, aluminum and steel cans, glass, etc. (See the reprint on the left) Then they leave the recycling bags at curbside on one of the two “trash pickup days” each week. Simple as that. No sorting. On top of that it’s only $1.47 per month added to the trash bill and the first month, March, is free.

Some folks are complaining about the $1.47 and that the system’s too complex. I guess there’s no pleasing some folks. For me, it’s a painless way to be a little bit green…and do it up brown.


1 That they’ve all sold out is not The Villages fault

5 thoughts on “Green Done Up Brown

  1. Sounds pretty painless to me! Wish they’d do something like that in Avon….We did when we lived in Milwaukee. Now if we could all just use one square of toilet paper….

  2. Our recycles have been in green rectangle bins. When they first started I spray painted a trash can green because I didn’t have the bin. The trash people tossed the contents in their truck. Guess they didn’t realize green and the word recycle.

    Now they are switching to these huge containers a big truck will lift and dump. I better be sure to rinse out stuff very carefully. In fact I may have to wash them with the dishes. lol

  3. Believe it or not, Speedway actually has a town ordinance on the books that makes it illegal to NOT recycle. According to the statute, if the trash man sees recyclables in your trash, they can turn you in to the town hall. Of course Scott asked if they’ve ever actually arrested or fined anyone for this major infraction, and they admitted that the trash men don’t normally care enough to look around in there!
    But they provide us a tub, we don’t have to sort anything, and they pick it up with our regular trash pick-up at no cost to us!
    So we may be the world headquarters for drunk redneck parties a couple times a year, but we’re certainly green! 😀

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