We have two old trash cans that predate the coming of the rolling carts for garbage and recycling. I pulled them down last week and filled each of them with flattened cardboard. We left them out with the recycling and -- happily! -- they were emptied along with the rest of the recycling.
Today, we filled them with flattened cardboard again. There are still more boxes that need to be reduced to flat flinders.
And that will happen at a later date.
In the meantime, the pile is greatly reduced. Heck, I can see the wooden pallet at the bottom of the debris field again.