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All refuse shall be kept and stored in such a manner that no obnoxious or otherwise offensive odor such as constitutes a nuisance is detectable on any adjacent street or property owned by someone other than the person owning the property where the refuse is kept or stored. This prohibition shall also include the container for storing refuse. It is important to double bag food waste to deter birds and cats from opening and scattering the contents.
Rigid waste containers should not be put out earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to collection and disposable containers (bag, box or similar container) not earlier than 5:00 a.m. on collection day. Waste containers must be removed from the curb not later than 9:00 p.m. on collection day.
Commercial Zone Refuse
City code allows for businesses either to contract directly with a commercial refuse hauler or to contract for refuse collection provided by the city. Commercial Zone Refuse is collected each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by the city for its commercial customers.
Annual Spring Cleanup
In late April-early May the city offers to its residents an annual spring cleanup for discarded household items other than construction materials.
Special Refuse Pick Up
The city will provide a special pickup for discarded household items other than construction materials for a fee. The minimum fee is $75.00 and could be higher based on the items set out for collection. Please respect your neighbor and do not set out household items unless you have arranged for these items to be picked up by the city or a private hauler.
Disposal of Items City Will Not Pick Up
City refuse collection is intended to pickup typical household trash and garbage. The city does not pickup and dispose of certain construction materials such as pieces of wood and construction debris, tires and concrete. Electronics and any item that contains refrigerant, i.e., air conditioners and refrigerators, will not be picked up. The city also does not pickup hazardous waste such as wet paints of any kind and old batteries. You can dispose of old household-use batteries at the battery collection box in the recycling center located on Massachusetts Avenue (next to the American Legion Post 17) in Lewes. For information on disposal of construction debris and the safe disposal of hazardous wastes contact the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at www.dswa.com or 800-404-7080.