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Unless you prefer small containers, you do not need to. Single family homes that currently get City-contracted solid waste removal will AUTOMATICALLY receive one 96-gallon container for recycling and one 64-gallon container for trash collection. If you would prefer using a 32-gallon container for trash (instead of a 64-gallon container for trash), you can use the Recycling and Trash Container Order Form to request it. Similarly, if your entire household is either over 65 years old or disabled, there is an option for to order a 64-gallon recycling container.
If EVERYONE in your household (spouse, children, etc. ) is either 65 years old or disabled, you can request a 64-gallon container (instead of a 96-gallon container). Use the order form at the bottom of the Trash Collection Update web page to place your order.
No, you cannot order two. You can request one 32-gallon container, but keep in mind that means you have considerably less space for trash storage.
No. The new automated trucks are not designed to pick up the small toters like these.
No. The driver will not get out of the truck to collect cardboard boxes that are beside the containers. All recycling must fit inside its container so that the lid closes. You may need to cut boxes into smaller pieces so that it fits. Another option for residents and businesses , is to bring carboard boxes to the transfer station, or to the corrugated carboard collection point at 257 Messer Street.
In late April, after the new containers have been delivered, you will have opportunity to put signs ("TAKE CAN AS TRASH") on your unwanted containers and they will be disposed of. However, the old containers belong to you, so you might want to repurpose them. Here are a few possibilities:
Residents who want to dispose of their old trash and recycling cans have
If your street is
you may be on a "backdown street."
The solid waste containers on backdown streets are collected on just one side of the road. This is because the mechanism that grabs the container is mounted to the right side of the collection truck.
It is probably easiest to determine if you are affected by looking at the Solid Waste Collection Schedule Map.
However, for your convenience, we have listed the streets and road segments that are affected here:
Place your containers along the road at least 3 feet apart from each other, parked cars, trees, mailboxes and utility poles. Avoid places where there are low hanging tree branches or power lines, etc.. The containers should be upright with the hinge of the lid oriented away from the street. Keep in mind that a mechanical arm is going to reach out and grab your container, so they should not be left out back to back. For more information, see the Curbside Placement Guide.