My Most Absolute Favorite Thing In Long Beach: A Chain Around A Stump


Gracing the sidewalk over at W. Park Avenue near Magnolia Boulevard is the most deceiving, bulletproof and badass way to protect garbage pail from being stolen (see self-explanatory image above). This is a warning to anybody who tries to steal that garbage pail: Don’t let the chain around the stump fool you; once it’s lifted over, a wire is then triggered which releases a giant anvil that is right above your head. You will be crushed Wile E. Coyote-style, reducing you into merely a stump (no pun intended).

In other news: I was recently in the Rockaways checking out their post-Sandy recovery efforts. They are getting some really nice looking garbage and recycling pails (image below). I like these because they are colorful, plus birds can’t really get inside them! These pails are bolted down with access is on the side via doors. They look like they can last a long time too! Smart investment!


Not in the Rockaways, but here is another really cool Garbage/Recycling idea. In the name of beautification, even the look of garbage pails count!!! These can be purchased here:


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7 thoughts on “My Most Absolute Favorite Thing In Long Beach: A Chain Around A Stump”

  1. You don’t get to see the trash in those fancy Rockaway trash cans. I prefer seeing the dog poop bags, half-eaten sandwiches, coffee cups, and baby diapers.

  2. Anthony, thanks for recognizing that Long Beach beautification is important and that even small things like the design of waste baskets is important.

    The West End Beautification Association (WEBA) recently completed a survey regarding 2014 priorities. New, improved waste baskets were one of four priorities. Thanks for highlighting alternatives we should pursue.

  3. You can install the most attractive receptacles ever invented, but we really need an in service course to teach those who empty them to pick up anything that falls to the ground! Too often there is more litter AFTER the and are emptied than there was before.

  4. bbbbuuuttttt if you get something new and better it wont look or be the same as it was when I was a kid growing up in Long Beach….. I say leave the inefficient eyesore , screw modern technology , I can’t handle the change and must pretend it’s still the 1950’s to keep my sanity intact.
    (if you can’t recognize sarcasm when you read this, you have more issues to worry about then old rusty garbage cans)

  5. Definitely! Beautification should be part part of every single aspect and purchase. Those pails that are chained makes me feel like I’m living in a really bad neighborhood…

  6. My problem with those first recycling bins is that they need garbage bins next to them. I walk over to them with my garbage, realize they are for recycling then just throw the trash in with the recycling. I know I’m not the only one.

    The 2nd ones.. Put a BIG picture of a bottle and can so I know without thinking what it’s for.. same with the paper one. I don’t want to have to think about it. I don’t want to have to read. Most people won’t read and will just use whichever one they’re closest to.

    I know.. I’m not very green.

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