Gardeners are responsible for their own trash. If it comes from you or your plot, you need to take it out with you. If you have brought any picnic items, decorations, tomato cages, pots or anything else to your garden that you would now like to clean up, please take this trash out of the gardens and home to your own building AVAC.
If you want to take large items to the main AVAC site, but you don't know how, please leave these items in your garden temporarily. Stack items neatly in your own plot and send an email. We will try to work with you so that a Board member or another RIGC member volunteer can meet you and help you take them to AVAC. For a trip to AVAC, please speak with Julia Ferguson or another Board member in the garden or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why this change? RIGC has a contract with RIOC for only a very small amount of trash removal only once a week from mid April through November. We would like to treat this service and the RIOC employees considerately and do not want to abuse this contract. Also, Board members and other garden club volunteers have regularly had to take large loads of trash items to AVAC bins. We must now take out whatever we bring in. This habit will improve our gardens and make better use of our volunteer time.
In general, gardening is about plants and soil: growing beautiful flowers, vegetables, herbs, and plants! Thank you for remembering that RIGC plots are not "patios". RIGC plots are community gardens in a public space shared with visitors and guests. We are entrusted and allowed the use of this space to run a community garden for growing plants.
The pictures below show the kinds of items that have been left in the back common area or outside the gate in the past. NO MORE ITEMS may be placed outside the back gates. All these items were individual gardener's possessions and responsibility. When something grows old or no longer usable, gardeners must take out what they have brought in.