Four Secrets Your Garbage Collector Knows About You

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By American Disposal

Most people never give their trash a second thought. Yet your trash reveals so much more about you and your family than you could ever imagine. Here are the top four secrets your garbage collector knows about you!

1. Those Dirty Little Secrets

Are you a binge eater or drinker? You can bet that the evidence that you thought was safely tucked away in the bottom of the trash can, is common knowledge to your trash collector. They see those adult diapers or the 20 empty boxes of Oreos. They know what toys you bought your kids, and who didn’t eat grandma’s fruit cake. Your garbage collector knows all, but won’t tell. At least, not unless the police ask for their help.

2. They Work with the Police

If they are asked to, your trash collector will work with the police. Trash left out for collection is considered to be abandoned. It’s perfectly legal to take property that is abandoned. Sometimes the police will ask garbage workers to look for certain types of trash such as chemicals or particular containers that might indicate a meth lab. Other times, the police ask for more specific items such as body parts or suitcases large enough to hold bodies. If you thought you were going to get away with a crime by dumping your evidence in the trash, you have another thing coming. Who said working with the trash was boring?

3. They Know Where You Stash the Cash

Garbage collectors find money and uncashed checks or gift cards in the trash all the time. Sometimes the money is stuffed inside hollowed out books; other times, gift cards and checks are found in unopened mail. One story says that a woman threw out more than $15,000 because she didn’t know her husband had stored it in an old cooler. People hide their money in strange places, so you would be wise to check things out carefully before you toss anything.

4. Don’t Bother to Flush

If you think that flushing something disgusting or incriminating will help to hide your sins, think again. Since water gets treated, all the trash that gets flushed ends up being fished out at the water treatment centers. It is then moved into the trash cans at the treatment centers, where it is collected for disposal. It is true that your local garbage man won’t know which house flushed junior’s goldfish while it was still in the bag and that someone has to pick up your trash, they just have to do it someplace else.

American Disposal Services handles the secrets of four states and seven counties each and every week. You can find more information at


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