I last emptied the recycling and trash 5 1/2 weeks ago, just prior to my surgery. While there still was plenty of room in the huge, green trash container, we have been getting creative in storing the recycling, as we are such heavy recyclers. My Prius was PACKED, but I was successful in getting rid of all of it. : )
I do get charged 20 cents/lb for our actual trash, and I had 5 bags of trash (regular, tall kitchen garbage bags, not the mega sized, Hefty type). 53 lbs of trash=$10.60. This is what we normally generate. Averaging the cost of the transfer station sticker for my car, $2.08 is the monthly charge for the right to use the town transfer station. I budget another $8 or so to round this up to $10/month for trash fees. Perfect.
The only other option would be to use a private trash hauler (no town trash collection) at a cost of much, much more and they wouldn't recycle as much as I do myself.
This works for me.