Rural living has a bit of a learning curve. One of the first changes for us was realizing there are no large trucks engaged in curbside trash collection. We store garbage in the garage and once a week, load it in the trunk of the car and head to the local dump. It’s taken some getting used to but it’s not without its rewards. The dump has proved to be one of the best sources of news and opinion. For example:
Our last visit revealed the sad tale of a local squirrel. The poor creature was found dead at the bottom of the dump’s outhouse. The Dump Lady, who discovered the body, was startled when she glanced down and saw the unfortunate rodent floating face down. Cause of death is believed to be drowning.
The tragic death has caused some chatter amongst villagers as they dropped off refuse during the weekly dump run.
“The squirrel had no business being there in the first place,” sniffed one.
“Just one less pest to build a nest under the hood of my truck,” chortled another.
Most were more sympathetic if not grossed out, noting it was a particularly nasty way to go. The investigation has been closed.
In other dump news….
The township, in an effort to stop city people from sneaking their trash into the dump (for which they don’t pay taxes!), is implementing new rules for dump access. Starting Canada Day, anyone wishing to dump trash will have to be registered with the township, show a new pass with a local matching address and photo ID.
The Dump Lady has expressed some concern that this might delay people getting rid of their refuse while she checks their passes and IDs. She’s also worried that if people are really ticked off, she may no longer get regular donations of refundable empty wine bottles. We have been strong contributors and have no intention of withholding our regular donation.
Indeed some local residents aren’t happy. One such was heard outside the township office saying he wouldn’t bother complying with the new rules. “I’ve been dumping there for years!” he said, “I’m not worried; it’s just a bunch of bureaucratic bull!” Township officers dismiss these types of comments as nothing more than trash talk.
We are also advised a separate set of rules is being created for so-called “transient” residents. People who pay taxes but live in the area only part time (that would be us) will have to register to get on a special list of authorized dumpers.
Local bears, however, are exempt from the new rules and will continue to have unfettered access without being bothered for proof of residency.