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« on: August 04, 2019, 05:09:36 PM »

For years it was the worst smell to deal with if you had trash collection many days after eating them, especially in the summer heat.   The smell. the critters that were in the can evolving from the crabs(maggots).  Several years ago I decided to freeze the crab shells till the day of trash collection.  It has been a big help to me. Anybody have any other ideas on handling them?
 Since I'm retired, I would on occasion take them to the dump on Monday to be ahead of the game. Just have to get there when the line is short, mostly after lunch.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 05:47:20 PM »

Freezing always works.  I also have double and tripple bagged the remains and that works well.
When all else fails leave them in the neighbors trash can..... Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 05:51:48 PM »

Freezing always works.  I also have double and tripple bagged the remains and that works well.
When all else fails leave them in the neighbors trash can..... Grin


Great idea! Ya beat me to it!
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 06:44:19 PM »

I always wrap them in newspaper, the double-bag them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2019, 06:49:53 PM »

When we have space in one of our freezers, that's where they go. I was in the habit of crabbing on Mondays for quite some time. Our trash goes out on Tuesday night. I always made sure, by trash night , that I had them all picked. Even if it meant picking all day Tuesday.  I've been crabbing more on Fridays lately.  I just give most of the crabs away and only keep about two dozen.  I am getting crabbed out here and think I may take a couple of weeks off.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2019, 06:57:25 PM »

Super yachts have refrigerated garage storage, if that tells you anything. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2019, 07:00:49 PM »

Iím gonna try this

https://www.jospices.com/dumpster-cure-odor-neutralizer.php
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2019, 07:10:08 PM »

I don't know what the issue is.  Huh Just dump them back in the creek.. The mini's make short work of them.  Grin  Or better yet, put them in a peeler pot seaside and harvest the blowfish the next day.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2019, 08:56:27 PM »

Freezing always works.  I also have double and tripple bagged the remains and that works well.
When all else fails leave them in the neighbors trash can..... Grin

That's where mine go.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2019, 09:06:12 PM »

Crab shells & fish racks go into my bait freezer in the garage until trash day. Sometimes I take them out wreck fishing and dump them as chum to get the fish going, not sure if is actually helps, but you never know.
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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2019, 09:10:25 PM »

I dig a pretty good hole and put them in the garden. Excellent fertilizer for next years garden.
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2019, 09:22:03 PM »

I dig a pretty good hole and put them in the garden. Excellent fertilizer for next years garden.

As opposed to a pretty BAD hole? LOL.
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2019, 09:39:18 PM »

I don't know what the issue is.  Huh Just dump them back in the creek.. The mini's make short work of them.  Grin  Or better yet, put them in a peeler pot seaside and harvest the blowfish the next day.  Smiley

Good point, Jack. When I'm at the river, it all goes into the creek.
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2019, 09:45:58 PM »

If you live on or close by the water, it may be okay. Any rules or laws saying whether it is legal?  I am water privilege community resident, I have thrown fish carcasses off the pier, but never crab shells.  I have thought about taking them out to the river, but it too much of a hassle to put in the boat,  especially if I am not crabbing or fishing.

Easiest way is take them to the landfill if I have business close to it or freeze for the trash man on Friday.
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2019, 09:58:24 PM »

I don't know if it's "legal", but I can tell you that the shells/guts are pretty much gone the next day. When a crab molts, it leaves its old hard shell in the water, so I'm not doing anything different than what happens in nature.
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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2019, 10:04:18 PM »

After seeing all the dead rockfish these last several years, the bay is sorta like a landfill. So I guess the question is, how much can it handle?  I have read where scientists have found the crabs top shell in areas where the Indians lived along the bay.
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« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2019, 04:48:27 AM »

After seeing all the dead rockfish these last several years, the bay is sorta like a landfill. So I guess the question is, how much can it handle? 

That doesnít even make sense. The bay can obviously handle everything living in it going through the cycle of life.
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« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2019, 06:14:52 AM »

Crab shells & fish racks go into my bait freezer in the garage until trash day. Sometimes I take them out wreck fishing and dump them as chum to get the fish going, not sure if is actually helps, but you never know.
   Crab shells make GREAT Chum for white perch.    When I'm not fishing, I compost my shells!
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« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2019, 12:00:30 PM »

Down sewer grates are always a good option! laugh laugh laugh Grin
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« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2019, 03:55:11 PM »

I go to the gas station, fill up my truck and dump shells in their can by pumps. The one I use regularly dump the cans in their big dumpster. Or if I have friends over to eat crabs with us I make them take them, price of admission.
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