garbage collection day on my street in queens is every tuesday and thursday. tuesday is also the day when they collect all the recyclable materials. don't know how they do in sandakan now (kadazanman's hometown), here we normally put them out on the curb the night before they come and collect the garbage. and yes, you have to separate them all.
whereas in long island, you also have to separate your trash but pack your household refuse in special green bags, load them in your car and then bring them to a dumping area. then at the dumping area, you have to unload them all and place them in a respective compactor. the green bags are not that cheap. i think its about us$15 or us$20 for one roll which contains about 5 or 6 bags. so, the trick is to squeeze as much household trash as possible in the green bags using whatever ways you can. apa boleh buat, mahal bah itu bahai hijau!!!