When you’ve lived in the same house for eleven years, you accumulate some junk; especially if you’ve remodeled this house. That’s the situation we’re in. We also seem to have some penchant for hanging on to stuff we don’t need. That last part is probably descriptive of just me and not my wife. I tend to hang on to stuff because one day I might need it. Well, “one day” has never gotten here so we’re throwing it away (minimalism, here we come). What do you do when you’ve committed to throwing stuff away but it’s too bulky for regular trash pick up? You could rent a traditional dumpster (expensive and maybe overkill) or take it to the city bulk waste disposal place on Arkansas street for a small fee (who has time for that). Or, you can buy a Bagster.
The Bagster is a clever idea from the trashy people at Waste Management. It’s a super strong 3 cubic yard bag. You can buy one online or at your local home improvement center for about $30. Then you fill it at your convenience and schedule a pickup. It really is as easy as that. Just follow the instructions that come with the thing, particularly the ones about where to place the thing on your property. A big truck does need to eventually come pick it up so keep that in mind.
It really does hold a lot of stuff. We packed ours full. It was nearly overflowing. Don’t worry if it’s mounding above the bag. As long as the straps can touch, you’re good. Waste management says it’s good for 3,000 pounds. There are probably better ways to dispose of your old jalopy, but it’s nice to know that this is one option.
I was worried when we had it nearly full and rain was in the forecast. I didn’t want the thing to fill with water and become a big bag of yuck. I did my best covering it with a tarp, but I forgot to cover it one day when it rained and it turned out to be no big deal. The water just drains out of the permeable material.
Once you’re done filling it, just go online and schedule a pick-up. This is where you pay for convenience. Pick-up is about $100, but it was completely hassle free. My wife scheduled the pick-up and the next day, it was gone. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures of the pick-up. It was a pretty cool thing to see. Just one guy drives up in this specialized truck and uses a remote control to pick up the bag and load it onto the truck. Kind of like a garbage-man video game.