Trash Day

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As you may remember, my oldest son Miles is obsessed with trash.

Miles loves Trash

He loves it.

He likes to sort trash and recycling.

He likes to see what’s in your trash can and talk about what types of things you’re throwing away.

He likes to know what day your trash is picked up and what your garbage man’s name is.

He likes to watch YouTube videos about garbage trucks.

He has several people in the neighborhood that let him take their trash to the curb for them.

Sometimes he takes our trash out in his underwear.

Miles Taking Out the Trash

Several months ago, my amazing mother-in-law and Miles’s “Bing” (as they call her) started a TRASH DAY tradition. It’s Miles’s favorite day of the week.

Every Friday morning, Bing rides her bike to our house and picks Miles up on his bike. The two of them ride their bikes through the neighborhood and follow Sam – our trash man.

Miles and Sam

They talk to Sam.

Miles gets to see what the neighbors are throwing away.

And they take pictures of Sam.

Sam and his truck

Bing has a teaching gig for a few weeks, and trash day has been put on hold until the end of the school year. So guess how I’ve been spending my Friday mornings?

Three kids, a stroller, a Big Hairy Dog – and Sam.

Trash Man

Did you know that it takes Sam over four hours to pick up all the trash in our neighborhood?

What are you doing this morning?


  1. Michelle

    May 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

    FOUR hours! You are a good mommy! 🙂

  2. Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees

    May 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Hilarious!! My 4 yr old son is recycling obsessed. God forbid if I mix up the recycling and don’t put the paper in the right bucket! He will wave his finger and scold me then spend 15 minutes re-sorting the trash. At least Miles will take it out for you too! That’s a bonus.

  3. sue

    May 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    my kids are obsessed with garbage trucks too!! at our old house, my kids would stand on the top of the slide and wait for the garbage man (who was never really very friendly) to come and then they’d be waving and saying HI HI HI HI HI…he always just nodded and moved on! We have several garbage truck videos too…I stink!, Here comes the garbage man…etc. We have books as well. Glad we aren’t the only ones! On Jacob’s fifth birthday I bought him this 6 ft garbage truck, but well, Sam got his arm stuck in the compacter part and we had to break it apart (that was a great phone call to my husband) to get it out…lol

  4. Karena Campbell

    May 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Love it! You are a great mom- seriously- these are the types of real life experiences that teach them so much. Seems simple and quirky to us moms but it means the world to them- the little minds just spin!

  5. Trish

    May 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    You are a good mom! And what a fantastic grandmother. Miles is going to have some fantastic memories.

  6. GinaE

    May 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Anna, I never get tired of reading posts like this!! So much fun. I know Miles is going to grow up and be a landfill owner or some kind of recycling king. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Bing and your Mom. You are all great Moms!!!!

  7. Vanessa Pierson

    May 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Miles is hilarious, my little nephew has this big truck puzzle and on it has a garbage truck, I immediately thought of Miles when I saw it the other day. What I find most interesting is you have a garbage man you can talk to and stuff. In Utah our guy stays in the truck and this big mechanical arm comes down and lifts up the garbage can and pours it into the truck.

  8. Meredith

    May 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Go you for rocking out trash day–that’s awesome. And go Sam too, for working so hard!

  9. Michelle

    May 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Wow! You know, I think Sam has to be the best garbage man in the world to cater to your adorable little man once a week! 🙂 It takes a GREAT man to indulge a preschooler!

  10. Kim

    May 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Miles would be in LOVE with my hubby. Steve works for Waste Management. I could tell you all kinds of fascinating garbage facts, but that would boring and weird. My oldest son was obsessed with trash too because Steve would bring home all kinds of Waste Management stuff…his room was filled with all kinds of garbage truck replicas, matchbox cars and we even have mini trash can pencil holders. Such a glamorous life Moms lead. Good for you for following Sam around. What does he think about that? LOL

  11. Becky

    May 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    This is so funny! Sam must be extremely nice…I don’t know how I would react if a lady and her three kids followed me around while I did my job. 🙂

  12. sparkling74

    May 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    That is the most hysterical, most awesome thing I have heard today. I think that is the best memory maker. He will be so sad when he has to go to school full time and can’t watch Sam anymore, but he’ll look back with such good memories of his grandmother and now the whole family on trash day. But, do you all wear clothespins on your noses???? I could never voluntarily follow the trash m an!

  13. anna

    May 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    you should find out if you can go to your town’s waste management “hub” – i don’t know what the proper name is, but i went with my kid’s preschool class and it was really interesting – and i’m not even trash-obsessed. i can only imagine what your son would think of it!!!!

  14. just keep swimming

    May 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

    “At the Dump” By Mighty Machines. Oh Man! That is where it is at with little boys who love trash.
    You are a really fantastic mom to take that journey every Friday in your MIL’s place. I would have been lame and said “Oh honey, that’s a special MIL thing, you’ll just have to wait.” Good for you!

  15. just keep swimming

    May 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

    It’s actually called “At the Garbage Dump”. Oops.

  16. Jackie

    May 15, 2012 at 1:00 am

    What a great trash man you have !!!! The only smile I ever got out of a garbologist is when I gave him $20 to let us toss all the trash we had from moving in his trash truck…when it wasn’t our trash day or our trash man. Not everyone can be mixologist….someone has to collect the garbage….and I love that your trash man has a “fan club”. I am thinking I need to take a little more time with my little sweetie….after all, they are only little once.

  17. Jessie

    May 16, 2012 at 6:28 am

    You seriously follow him for 4 hours?!?! Thats dedication!

    My 4 year old loves sorting the trash and recycling too, he’s always shouting at Daddy for doing it wrong!haha

    They come collect it when he’s at school though so he loves watching them during the holidays!

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  19. Quennie Illiot

    January 7, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Sam is such a great man, doing garbage collection and entertaining your kid hehe pretty cool day for him to see your kid loving garbage keeping ..

  20. Bill KElly

    January 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Love it! Sounds like he could have a little business there wheeling neighbors trash out to the curbs for them…$1 a can? Great pics.

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