Setting Your Garbage & Recycling Carts at the Curb
HOW AND WHEN? W
inter brings curbs piled high with snow and ice, making it hard to follow the cart placement guidelines for trash and recycling. And balancing your cart on a snowdrift in wintry weather only increases the odds of the carts tipping over – leaving you a mess to pick up in cold weather.
So when you clear your driveway and sidewalk of snow, plan to scoop out spots for both your carts. Then, follow these placement guidelines year-round to ensure collection:
• Set your cart out no earlier than 5 p.m. on the day before your scheduled collection but no later 6 a.m. on the day of collection.
• Garbage and recycling carts must be at least 3 feet apart from each other and other objects. This gives the truck arm the room it needs to grab the cart.
• Carts must be within 18 inches of the curb. If the cart is too far back, the arm of the truck cannot reach it.
• The short metal bar must face the street. This ensures that the opening of the lid is facing the proper direction and will open when it is tipped.
• Do not place carts near low hanging branches. As the cart is lifted, it could hit the branches and damage the tree, truck and cart.
• Lids must be closed to avoid recyclables blowing out of the cart.
Proper placement of your trash and recycling cart ensures timely and clean collection.
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SANITARY SEWER VS. STORM SEWER W
hat is the difference between the sanitary sewer and the storm
sewer? Although they may appear to be the same, there are some very important differences.
The sanitary sewer system takes all the discharge from INSIDE homes and businesses (sinks, bathtubs, toilets, washing machines, etc.) and sends it to a wastewater treatment facility where the water is treated and then discharged to the river or other bodies of water. Although the treatment plant is designed to remove pollutants, it cannot remove all pollutants such as solvents or oils, which is why you should not discharge these types of chemicals into the s
The storm sewer system takes all the water from OUTSIDE homes and businesses and sends it untreated directly into the river or one of its tributaries without removing any pollutants.
DID YOU KNOW?:
• Storm water discharges can be a significant source of water pollution in the U.S.
• One quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.
• One pint of motor oil can produce an oil slick one acre in size.
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Anything that runs off driveways, streets, lawns, sidewalks and roofs is carried through the storm sewer system. This runoff can include leaves, lawn clippings, animal waste, fertilizer, and other pollutants. Therefore, if you pour a quart of oil down the storm sewer, that quart of oil will drain directly into the river. Discharging your swimming pool to the street sends the water to the river untreated. The inlets to this system may be found in curbs and low-lying outdoor areas.
Exceptions to this inside/outside rule which need to be corrected by property owners:
• Older buildings with basement floor drains need to be connected to the sanitary sewer system.
• Older buildings with foundation drains need to be connected to the storm sewer systems, most times via a sump pump.
• Sump pumps need to discharge to the storm sewer system or on the ground.
We can all help our environment by making sure pollutants do not enter the storm sewer system, and by making sure that clear water from foundation drains, roof drains, area inlets, and sump pumps is directed to the storm sewer system.
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