Trash Day in Venice

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Venice has very strict rules about trash pick-up – which is important.  No one wants trash in the Grand Canal!   

And since this is a city of boats, the trash boat comes around, rather than the garbage truck. 

They have several trash boats and certain places they tie up.  The garbage men go door-to-door to collect trash, or you can bring your trash to the boat.  (We never figured out the door-to-door bit so had to take our trash to the boat, which was at our local vaparetto stop, right down the “street”.)

Trash is collected at the boat from 6:30-8:30 am, so you have to be on your toes.  Many days we lingered too long and (literally) missed the boat. 

There is a schedule of the type of trash that they take each day:

So we always had 3 bags running – regular trah, paper, and pastic/glass/tin. 

We finally got a system of bagging the trash to be taken out the night before and having it ready to go for the early morning.

Then Frank would run down to the dock (thank goodness for Frank!).

At the dock, you load your trash into the bin . . .

And a crane moves it to the trash boat and drops it in the cargo hold.

Pretty slick!  (Although we will appreciate just wheeling our big cans to the end of the driveway once a week when we are home!)  

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