If you're a resident of Illinois, you know that having reliable garbage collection is crucial. If the person is an afterthought in your mind that could quickly change if they were to stop picking up your trash. These workers are busting their butt to do their job to the best of their abilities, so it's always a nice gesture to show your appreciation with a tip. But how much should you tip, and how can you do it safely and effectively?

"Do I need to tip my garbage collector?"

First things first: tipping your garbage collector is entirely optional, and you should only do it if you feel comfortable and able to do so. That being said, a small tip can go a long way in showing your appreciation for their hard work.

So, how much should you tip? A good rule of thumb is to aim for around $10-$20 per month, depending on the frequency of your collection and the size of your household. This can be given in a single lump sum at the end of the year or divided into smaller amounts given throughout the year.


Now, onto the fun part: how can you safely and effectively tip your garbage collector? One option is to simply leave the tip in an envelope attached to your garbage bin on collection day. Make sure to clearly label the envelope with the words "For Garbage Collector" to avoid any confusion. Another option is to leave the tip in a visible location, such as on the porch or by the front door. Just be sure to not leave cash out in the open, as it could be at risk of being lost or stolen.

If you prefer a more personal approach, you can always try to catch your garbage collector in person and hand them the tip directly.


"If I choose to tip, does it have to be cash?"

Of course, a tip is just one way to show your appreciation for your garbage collector. Another option is to simply thank them in person, or even bake them some cookies as a little extra treat. After all, who doesn't love a freshly baked batch of cookies?

Tipping your garbage collector is a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for their hard work. Just be sure to do it in a safe and considerate manner, and remember that a tip is entirely optional. So go ahead and show your garbage collector some love - they'll surely appreciate it!

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