Trash cans 1 inch deep

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I'm on the road again this week, in Hot Springs National Park for our yearly governor's conference on tourism. This hotel room reminds me of a pet peeve of mine that I've never mentioned before: trash cans with a plastic bag liner that's stretched around the can, trapping air underneath so the bag won't spread out and reach the can bottom, creating about 1 inch of depth to throw trash in.

I ran across a solution to this recently, perhaps it was a post here that pointed me to the tip: to keep the bag from trapping air under it so it can't spread out in the trash can, and to prevent it making a vacuum that makes it hard to pull the full bag out of the can later, drill a few holes in the can to let air in and out beneath the trash bag. Don't drill the holes in the bottom of the can or it can't contain liquids if the bag has a hole in it. Instead, drill the holes in the sides of the can, 2 or 3 inches above the bottom.

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We have a trash can with lid in each bathroom (next to the toilet in one and next to the sink in the other) and one ineach guest room. I did neglect to get one for my Glenda's Guest Service Area. Will do that this week.

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I always thought that the reason they put the bag that way was so that the guest knew that the bag was new/clean. But it's more of a pain, like you say.

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

I always thought that the reason they put the bag that way was so that the guest knew that the bag was new/clean. But it's more of a pain, like you say.

I think it is a time, and who cares, thing. It is a pet peeve of mine also, and I think "Well maybe I should let everything bounce right out and onto the floor, that is what they have given me" and it is ALWAYS that way. Every one, in every room. And I am always moving a basket to the bathroom, where they are needed 100% of the time, and never are located. But hey there is always one next to the tv. wink

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Interesting...seems like we encounter the other places where there is only a tiny trash can in the bath room and no other trash cans to be found. 

We just had this - no trash can in the room just a little one in the bath, no trash can by the shared mini-fridge near our room (but there was a kitchen sized trash can for recycling!), and a tiny trash can by the coffee area.  We were embarrassed to ask the innkeepers to throw away a couple of paper cups from our outing during the day but there was no choice - our 2 8 oz. cups would have taken all the trash space.

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OK, what kind of places do you stay where there is no trash can in the bathroom??? I'm here to say I have never encountered this. (But, you are jinxed. Remind me not to travel with you! Wait, we did travel together. And your plane got hit by lightning! I rest my case.)

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Madeleine wrote:

OK, what kind of places do you stay where there is no trash can in the bathroom??? I'm here to say I have never encountered this. (But, you are jinxed. Remind me not to travel with you! Wait, we did travel together. And your plane got hit by lightning! I rest my case.)

Gee thanks.

All of them. None of them have them in the bathrooms, or the little area with sinks outside the bathrooms. 

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I'm telling you that is just unbelievable. Cheap-o $59/night places to rooms that goes for $400/night in season and every one of them had 2 trash cans. One in the room, one in the bathroom or under the sink. Vegas, NY, VT, ME, CA- hotels, motels, motor courts, B&B's. I think they just know it's you and take the trash can out before you arrive. Eye-wink

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The bag has to be pushed down in before being tied around the edge of the basket. The bag has to be fully 'inflated' before putting it into the trash can. And that's what takes the precious seconds the housekeeping staff does not have.

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"to throw trash in."

TO BOUNCE TRASH OFF

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