First run before the bags go in clean the cans with compressed air? This gets rid of the liquids in the bottom.
Six people with 4 bins? Two teams of three. Four people to load the bins and two to switch out the bins and run them to the dumpster.
Some sort of bike / trailer combo to run the bins faster?
Cleaning the cans is an idea but I don’t believe it will get us to far.
Each can was caked with thick layers of gross. These layers were soaked in old liquids of all sorts. I think that cleaning the bins would be way more time consuming then just spraying with the air compressor.
And when we did the first garbage run many of the bags we pulled out were torn and leaking already. So even if we could start with a dry can I don’t think it will help.
I don’t dislike the bike/trailer combo idea at all. However I don’t know it would work for this particular event.
One reason being that there is just so many people, chairs and random stuff on the sidewalks that maneuvering through it all would be a giant pain. At one point I was alone and came across a group taking up the whole sidewalk. I stopped, politely said excuse me and was ignored, or not heard. I tried again louder and they looked right at me before turning there back to me and still not moving. Thankfully a gentlemen near by was watching and wound up snapping at then before I had too.
The second reason being that the carts aren’t very stable going down the uneven brick sidewalks. This can probably be dealt with and there are actually upgrades I want to suggest for these carts already after this event. (Larger softer wheels, a handle of some sort so hunching over to hold them isn’t a thing.)
Fixing the edge on the one cart won’t be to hard and is a really good idea. Torn bags suck. And I like the idea of being able to store bags on the cart and have a design in mind for a little storage rack that can either be hung off of it or bolted in place that we can probably make with scrap wood around the Space and also add a Maker Space logo to for advertising for next year. I know Nick mentioned signs at the meeting on the 8th but there just wants time this year.
I am thinking we need 8 people. If we have two people per cart if does make it a little easier to get through the crowds. And with two people one person pulls the old bag and the other person places the new one. This makes each can take a little less time and means there is one person on the team that always has clean hands. Might not seem like much until your hands are so nasty you don’t want to open your own water bottles or touch anything.
This allows 4 teams and 3 carts. meaning that each team gets a break.
This year we had 5 people working almost none stop all day with 2 carts and we just could keep up.
I used to clean at the Casino when it was down town. I worked two years is a row during hot night and I knew to expect a lot of garbage. I even underestimated it. One because I only had to cans to worry about then and they where very large. The cities are very small.
I think having done this one year now we can make it run even more smoothly in the future.
I had a great day, it was really fun even with the hiccups at the end. And I want to thank everyone who was out to help. And a big thank you to Nick for getting this for us.