Garbage Cart Information
Purchase a City-Issued Garbage Cart
Visit the Purchasing Portal to buy a garbage cart. If you are ordering between January 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022, you will receive 50% off the regular purchase price. Your cart can be either the official 96-gallon or 64-gallon garbage cart, and you may have up to two garbage carts per household.
These carts are expected to be shipped to the City in mid-January or early February 2022.
Ordinance Change - Why We're Standardizing All Carts
An ordinance change was passed on November 16, 2021, to standardize the garbage carts to be used by households for garbage collection services provided by the City. The ordinance will be in effect as of June 1, 2022. Under this ordinance change, residential properties will be required to have an approved garbage container cart purchased from the Department of Public Works.
On November 16, 2021, the Common Council approved the City’s 2022 proposed budget which included an initiative on garbage and recycling for the City. Mayor Dan Devine’s Budget Message identified these five (5) Quality of Life Initiatives for 2022:
1. Reckless Driving Deterrence Campaign
2. Enforcement and Nuisance Control Activities
3. Neighborhood Lighting Program
4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Activities
5. Pilot Program for Garbage/Recycling Collection
Under the second initiative, Enforcement and Nuisance Control Activities, one of the goals is to standardize the variety of garbage carts used by households for garbage collection services. An ordinance change was passed on November 16, 2021, to standardize the garbage carts to be used by households. The ordinance will be in effect as of June 1, 2022.
Under this ordinance change, residential properties would be required to have an approved garbage cart purchased from the Department of Public Works. The Department of Public Works shall offer to all customers eligible for garbage collection by the Department an official 96-gallon or 64-gallon garbage cart for purchase starting January 1, 2022. The purchase price for these carts between January 1, 2022, and May 31, 2022, will be 50% of the actual cost per cart. Regular pricing for these carts, as identified, will be full price on or after June 1, 2022. Cart pricing is not known at this time. The receipt of the shipment of these carts will be expected in mid-January or early February 2022.
Regular pricing for these carts, as identified, will be full price on or after June 1, 2022. Cart pricing is not known at this time.
Closed 2022 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, City facilities will be closed.
MONDAY, JAN. 17 COLLECTION UPDATE.
Due to the January pilot program (see below), if your collection day is Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, your garbage collection will be skipped and will be collected the following Monday and your recycling collection will be collected two weeks later at the normally scheduled time.
January Garbage and Recycling Pilot Program
There are a few changes with garbage and recycling collection this January. These changes are part of a temporary month-long pilot program listed in the Mayor’s approved budget for 2022. Initiative number 5 called Pilot Program for Garbage/Recycling Collection, discusses how both holiday days and weather-impacted days are currently costing the City a minimum of $40,000 in overtime per year.
The same Public Works staff who collect City garbage and recycling are those who plow our streets. Not only has overtime costs become unsustainable for the City, but staff face long hours of driving and service delivery as they juggle both snow plowing and garbage/recycling collection. We wish to reduce injury, reduce unsafe conditions, save money, and continue to provide efficient services with the new pilot program. Under this pilot program, garbage/recycling collection will be skipped on any holidays, and also skipped on weather-impacted days. Garbage and recycling will then be collected a week later during the standard collection time.
For example, if your collection day is typically on Monday and a holiday such as Martin Luther King Day falls on that Monday (Monday, January 17, 2022), your garbage collection is skipped and will be collected the following Monday and your recycling collection will be collected two weeks later at the normally scheduled time.
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