Saturday, April 13, 2013

Winter is Still not Done!

Six days ago, I posted that we got some snow. Well, that melted in the sun a day or so later. It snowed most of yesterday. I was out in the driveway this morning and stuck the ruler in the snow. We picked up another 4" of the darn white stuff!

John warned me that the riding season this far north was a month or so shorter than "down in the cities", I guess you were right!

I measured the snow depth in the front yard, being careful to stay away from any snow blower throwings. It varied between 11" to 16".

I have things I want to do in the woods behind the house, but I don't know if the snow will ever go away. I'm hoping that it starts to warm up soon. My fire wood piles are disappearing quickly. It wasn't long ago and the garage racks were full!



This is gone...

And so is the pile on the right!

Martha has been posting about her frustration with the 24 page guide to garbage that the city of Madison had provided. She posted a link to an on-line copy of it. I read it and found it to be a mind numbing, complex, treatise of what you can and can't do with garbage... So I thought I'd post a little about rural life waste disposal.

We have no curbside service here. If you want to dispose of something, you have to take it to the dump. Actually, the township refers to it as their "recycling center", I guess that sounds better than "dump". As you can see, it's only open a few hours on 2 days of the week.

Here's an aerial view of the place, thanks Google Maps!

It's on a small section of land, fenced off from the rest of the county's sand pits and equipment storage areas. The attending employee usually sits in the little shed by the driveway. The township charges $3.50 for each bag of garbage and no fees for recycles. They also sell very large and heavy duty bags at $2.00 for 10. There are 3 large containers for garbage and a long row of smaller containers for single stream recycling. Next to the shed is a small container for aluminum cans. They ask that you please separate the aluminum from the rest of the recycles. Off to the side, by the fence is a large 30 yard roll off container for dropping off steel and other metal items. I've rescued a few things from there, like my old pieces of tin roofing that I use to cover my outdoor wood piles. They accept old TV and such, for a fee, and don't charge you to drop off tree trimmings.

Martha, one thing we get at our "dump" that you probably don't have to worry about, is Bears. The containers are secured when the recycling center is not open, but the smells still attract them. The woman that usually runs the place has scared off more than a few! Pretty easy and laid back... not all up-tight and complex like Dane County/Madison!!




  1. You are far enough north for the bears to share space and time with you dumpers. We used to visit the dump up in Corny and the bears found things to gather for there as well.

    We passively recycle at the nearby Sportsman's Club parking lot, separating materials is something we've now gone back to. Garbage is a dumpster near the grainery and gets dumped once a month (or when the truck can access the driveway).

    1. Way back in the late 60's, when Sawyer County had a dump that was really a dump, we would drive in at dusk to watch the bears come and dig through the trash... Ahh memories.

  2. What a feast to comment on!

    First, how long have you lived in Cable? Sorry about that snow. Most of the astute WI folk I have talked with say this has been a memorable miserable winter/spring of snow, cold, gloom. Your wood pile! Gasp!

    I burst out laughing (and still am) at your "rural life waste disposal" term. Can't help but think of my hometown in central IL and all those areas down there where a mattress and bags of garbage in the ditch were "rural life waste disposal". Of course, no one in WI ever does that ;^?

    I was one to stop and check the bags for envelopes with names and then contact the authorities. Chances were, tho, that they were related. word of that here yet. Dogs, cats, coyotes, raccoons so far.

    Of course, if Cable was the size of Madison with all these surrounding villages or towns, you would have a different situation. Door County was pretty easy going, but then the population is so small.

    I'm totally intimidated by the rules. I look at plastic and paper bags and what's in my hand and I stop to think: Now what do I do with this? And I'm still not past that cat poo gets picked out and taken to the toilet while the wet litter is allowed to be double bagged in plastic to "protect" the workers. And I just double bagged in plastic my used vacuum bag. I need to lie down.

    1. I'm happy to report that there really isn't much illegal dumping going on around here. I've yet to see a misplaced mattress, or an improperly dumped dresser...
      I think that this is probably a "normal" winter/spring, and that we've been spoiled the last few years by 80ยบ temps in the first week of April. I guess I'd like to see more "spring" and less hot "summer".
      Not every township around here is as easy going about their trash. In Barnes, you pay over $7.00 for their bags, and the garbage police watch to make sure you use their bags, and ONLY their bags.... Some will try to dispose of items in different areas. If you don't live in the town, you can't "dump" in the town .. Some have tried to sneak past our dump girl, but she's pretty good about who's who. It certainly could be worse.

  3. I am still surprised at how much snow the mid west is getting in April. It will melt, but ti must be hard to be patient.

    This sounds silly, but my brother and I used to love going to the dump with my mom when we were kids. I don't know why, I guess it was a road trip. We lived in a rural area with no garbage pick up - and no recycling back in those days. The sump was a free service back then - they probably charge today.

    Our local recycling is included in our weekly garbage pick up. If you want to take something to the dump it will cost you by weight, they weigh your vehicle going in and coming out. Same if you are taking in loads of yard trimming to the "recovery center"- they charge you for it even though they compost it and sell the compost.