City to Crackdown on Curbside Trash Violations
Doug Selby, City Manager
Large sized trash items such as sofas, mattresses, appliances and building materials continue to be an eye sore in certain Auburn neighborhoods, as well as a source of numerous legitimate citizen complaints. Large items left on curbs carelessly, without regard to proper disposal procedures are the type of negligence that is damaging to property values and hazardous for pedestrians and traffic.
Large trash items such as these cannot be picked up by the city during normal trash collections due to limited city resources. Most citizens are diligent in placing their solid waste into suitable containers (trash cans or clear plastic bags) and either take advantage of paying a supplemental fee of $10 to schedule a special city pick up of large items or make their own arrangement to transport large items to the city landfill.
Proper placement of solid waste for city pickup is the responsibility of the property owner or tenant. To remedy this situation, the city is planning on strict enforcement of the residential garbage collection ordinance. Beginning in January as violations are observed the city will deliver written notice to the property owner and/or tenant requiring the item to be removed or properly disposed of within 48 hours. This will be the only notice provided. Failing to comply will result in removal of the item by the city. The city will send a bill to the property owner for the cost of removal plus an administrative fee. If the bill is not paid in a timely manner the amount of the bill will be levied in the tax bill for the property. Depending upon rental agreements landlords may be able to pass the cost along to their tenants.
"Most city residents do a great job in placing their waste into appropriate containers, but for those who don’t the consequences can be costly", stated City Manager Doug Selby. The city is urging all residents to practice proper disposal of their solid waste. Curbside dumping of trash is unsightly, unsafe and illegal.