Originally Posted by Old Pedant
Whoops...forgot about garbage/trash collection.
1 can (UK "bin", yes?) of garbage per week might cost $5.
2 cans would cost maybe $12.
3 cans perhaps $25.
You are encouraged to recycle instead of creating non-recyclable garbage. We actually get a (very small) rebate on our trash collection from putting out recyclable materials separately.
For your passing interest, garbage collection in the UK is included in the Council Tax (property tax). We have two large plastic bins, recyclable (blue) and non-recyclable (black), which are emptied on alterate weeks. Some councils (local authorities) impose a fine on those who put stuff in the wrong bin! Garden waste is placed in a green bin, and collected separately - here you do pay an extra charge to hire the green bin. The trouble with this is that most of our garden waste is generated in the autumn - fall in America - (tree leaves), at which time the bins are not nearly big enough, while for much of the year the bins are close to empty. In our case a compost heap suffices for much of the year.