Where I lived in NY, if you didn't have your trash on the curb before 6am Thursday morning, tough ****. You couldn't flag the driver down as he pulled up to your house and have him hold up 3 seconds while you drag your junk out there.
Here in AZ, they come by around 11am-12pm, but it's Wednesdays now, and for some reason that just refuses to stick in my head. Today was the 2nd time in the short amount of time that we've lived here that I heard him coming and remembered we actually had enough junk to put out. I waved to him, and he actually stopped for me (again).
I called his employer and put in a glowing review for him. He's definitely getting a little something NICE for Christmas this year, at least from this house. ("You know you're old when... You remember the "good ol' days" when even the post man and the garbage man got a Christmas card as they passed your house.")