In some cities collecting garbage is a very simple task because the city has the public trained to make it that way. In others cities it is quite the opposite. Winter can make this simple task a much more difficult one in both cases if your public education and your policies on work practices let it.
Some things I would like you to consider are as follows:
- Do you require bags or barrels of standard size only and dumpsters of a specific type (rear cable, front load) only?
- Do you require specific placement of receptacles, cans and bins (i.e on a hard surface, curbside, facing the street, etc.)? Does this change in snow conditions?
- Do you manually handle any receptacles and cans? How do you get the public to help with the placement of the receptacle in winter conditions?
- What winter conditions prompt you to utilize a refusal to pick-up notice?
- Do you have a snow policy that delays pick-up by a day to allow for snow removal first?
- How are you informing the public of all of these items above?
What’s your city’s policy? Let us know.
By Andy Miller