The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

July 27, 2012

Clinton city officials alter solid waste pickup options

CLINTON — Beginning Aug. 6, the city will no longer re-dispatch trucks for solid waste containers that were not collected for not being in compliance with collection policies. 

Residents with uncollected solid waste may have noticed a tag on their containers explaining why it was not picked-up this week. The tags are a tool the city implemented this week to prepare residents for cut off date.  

“We don’t want to leave trash, but we have to have an efficient system,”  City Administrator Jeff Horne said.

At the City Services Committee last month City Finance Director Jessica Kinser presented the tag drivers are now attaching to solid waste carts indicating why it was not picked up. Possible reasons include containers being blocked by a car, overflowing containers, or trash placed in a yard waste container. It was stated during that meeting that if residents corrected the problem within one to two days, a driver would be dispatched to pick up the trash.

Because of the volume of calls the city received daily to send a driver to pick up uncollected solid waste, the city will change that policy the first Monday of August, according to a press release issued by the city. The waste will not be collected until pick-up day the following week, cutting down on fuel costs for repeated trips.

At-Large City Council member John Rowland said he liked that drivers were returning for uncollected trash because he believes residents will find some other way to dispose of their garbage.

“I’m concerned it will end up in the country, or in the streets, or in the public containers,” he said.     

Residents are also reminded that all solid waste, yard waste and recycling needs to be out for collection by 7 a.m. and the cart lid should be closed properly.

Large item pick-up

The city of Clinton will complete the once-per-year large item pick-up beginning Aug. 13.  In March the City Council changed the policy from two large item pickups a year to one. Horne said this is the only change to the program.  

Residents south of First Avenue, and those on First Avenue’s large item pickup should place items out Sunday night during the week of Aug. 13. Residents north of First Avenue should do the same on Sunday, Aug. 20.

Furniture, carpeting, large toys such as swing sets, swimming pools and bikes as well as household building and remodeling materials such as doors, cabinets, lumber that does not exceed 6-by-8-feet will be accepted. Concrete rubble, computer monitors, computer towers, copiers, printers, televisions, roofing materials, appliances and tires will not be accepted.

Only items that will not fit into a city of Clinton solid waste cart are eligible and only one load will be taken from each home. According to the public works department, these rules will be strictly enforced.

Residents should contact the public works department with any questions.

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