Moving to a new house and expanding our family members meant changes, including increased costs. It has been my mission to reign those in, and keep them in check. Our first electric bill was a shocker, but we managed to get that down where it belongs.
While not our actual refuse, it could easily be. Yesterday, I did my 2 week trash/recycling run and am pleased that I also tackled that escalating cost and we've got trash back down to 1 tall kitchen bag's worth a week (or 2 bags every 2 weeks which cost me $3.20 yesterday) and multiple bags (same size) of recycling. We easily recycled 4-5 bags yesterday. With my $2.10 transfer station fee (spread out on a montly basis for the once/year charge) if we continue to keep trash fees at $4 of less every 2 weeks, we remain on target. Once issue that became apparent for the suddenly very heavy trash, is the GF's cat liter was really weighing down the trash. Sicne the cat box is cleaned daily, either DS or the GF, if not DD are disposing of the small bag of waste in the community trash bin outside of work or the gas station, I am guessing. It was made clear in the lodger contract that I will not absorb any expenses related to their cat. The changes were made, my costs are back where they should be.