HERE'S A MONEY SAVING DEVICE FOR THE GARDEN
You can reduce your trash pick-up fees by starting a compost pile! You just save all the vegetable based (but UNCOOKED) trash in a little (covered) container by the sink. NO meat products, or anything fatty, should be added. It is too inviting for unwanted scavengers. Egg shells, tea bags and coffee grinds are particularly welcome! Also, any potato peelings, fruit remnants (no citrus peel though, it takes forever to break down!) Put them all in the compost pile or bin with some soil or other garden debris and by next year you will have wonderful compost to add to your garden! The fishermen in the family will love this place, as it's where all the garden worms congregate!
You can also dig these cast-offs directly into the garden. Just be sure it's well covered with soil so it doesn't attract little critters. This is called trench composting, because you usually dig a trench and add the kitchen debris in the trench at one end, cover it up, and continue the process until it's all full. Then you need to dig another little trench!