New Amended Refuse Ordinance and Valet Trash Service (to be offered on a trial basis)

April 22nd, 2016

On April 4, 2016, the City Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 0416-02 that amends Chapter 227 of the Solid Waste section of the Municipal Code, addressing the placement and collection of wastes and recyclables. Specifically, the ordinance states that all refuse in waste containers may be placed along the curb not earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to collection or any refuse in disposable containers not earlier than 5 a.m. on collection day.  A waste container is defined as a reusable rigid plastic or metal container; a disposable container is defined as a bag or box intended for one time disposal of waste. In addition, all waste containers are to be removed from the street not later than 9:00 p.m. on collection day. The new regulations are effective on June 1, 2016 at which time the City is introducing a pilot program for valet trash service.

June 1 is the kick-off date for the pilot program for valet trash service. With this program a City refuse collector will come onto your property, empty your trash container(s) and return the container(s) to a designated location on your property. This special valet trash service will be offered to 50 interested property owners who subscribe to the pilot program and pay an additional $300 fee for the first container above the standard base fee of $275 per year for full-time residents or $250 per year for part-time residents. There will be a $120 per year fee for each additional container. Property owners will be selected in order of registration with a representation selected from those who reside in the city year-round, seasonal homeowners who themselves reside at their properties at varying times of the year and owners who rent their properties either for short-term or for long-term periods of time. In addition, properties selected will be divided equally with 25 from the south side and 25 from the north side of the city. City staff will then identify and contact only the selected 50 participants; remaining applicants will not be notified.

Selected participants in the program will be required to purchase a minimum of one 95-gallon trash container from the city at a cost of $50 per container. A maximum number of three containers may be purchased. The container(s) must hold all household trash as neither plastic bags nor other loose debris outside of the container(s) will be picked-up.

City staff will contact subscribers accepted into the pilot program by telephone or email at which time an appointment will be scheduled at your property to meet with Streets Superintendent Mike Peterman. Mr. Peterman will deliver the container(s) to you, advise you where exactly to place the container(s) on your property and advise of any other pertinent details necessary to assist work crews to efficiently manage their time as well as respect your property.

The pilot program will be evaluated for a one-year period to determine if it should be modified, expanded or discontinued. At this time the pilot program is limited to trash only and does not include recycling or yard waste.

If you are interested in being selected for participation in this new pilot program, please fill out the valet application located under forms on the city website and return it to City Hall by April 27. City staff will contact those property owners accepted into the pilot program by May 6 to confirm participation and schedule a convenient time to meet with Mr. Peterman at your property.

If you have any questions or if you need additional information please contact the City Manager’s office at 302-227-4641.

Sincerely,

Sharon Lynn
City Manager