By Julie Caler, Code Enforcement Supervisor
Let’s talk trash! More specifically, how and when to dispose of it to avoid costly code violations.
1. Bag your trash.
How you dispose of your trash makes a difference. It may be easier to toss the items in the city-provided container, but that isn’t the way to go. If you don’t bag your trash, it can fly all over your neighborhood when the garbage truck picks it up.
2. Use the right container.
Household trash NEVER goes in the blue recycling containers. That’s been a huge problem in recent months as residents grow accustomed to our Single-Stream Recycling program.
3. Know the collection schedule.
Many new residents don’t know when their trash, recyclables or bulky items are scheduled to be collected. To find out, call Public Works at 979-764-3690 or go to the Sanitation website. For the collection schedule, enter your street name and it will show your garbage day. If you go to the Single-Stream Recycling website, you can find your recycling week by clicking on the Collection Roster and looking for your street.
If you miss a collection day, call Public Works and ask to be put on the missed list. The Sanitation Division may not get to your container that day, but they will issue a work order to ensure your trash or bulky items get picked up.
You also should avoid placing bulky items out more than 48 hours before your scheduled collection.
4. Bring in your containers.
Now that you know your collection day, you’ll need to remember to bring in your container in after it’s been collected. It may seem easier to leave the container at the curb so you won’t have to put it out every week, but that’s a code violation.
Some homeowners associations have deed restrictions requiring you to screen your container, but the city doesn’t. We don’t enforce deed restrictions, either, so please keep the container next to your house.
The MyWaste app puts the sanitation schedule and other information at your fingertips. You can even set an alert to remind you of your trash day. Click here or go to your favorite app store to download.
It’s the responsibility of the Code Enforcement Division to work with you to help make College Station a healthy, safe and aesthetically pleasing place to live. Please contact us at 979-764-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Code Enforcement Supervisor Julie Caler has been with the City of College Station for 17 years.
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