Trash & recycling reminders

On July 7, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


This summer, Russell Disposal, the City of Somerville’s contracted trash hauler, will be adding trucks to their daily routes, helping to ensure that trash and recycling are picked up as early as possible. With this in mind and as we head into the warm summer months, the City of Somerville and Somerville Department of Public Works remind all residents of proper trash and recycling storage and disposal procedures to help keep the City clean. Please remember that receptacles must be placed curbside after 4 p.m. the night before and no later than 7 a.m. the day of your collection.

When storing trash on your property, please also remember that City Ordinance requires that trash be kept in sealed containers. Improperly stored trash will result in fines to property owners. In addition to keeping the City clean, these procedures will also help to reduce rodent activity.
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9 Responses to “Trash & recycling reminders”

  1. sarah says:

    Why are they adding extra routes? How much more money will we need to give to the Koty/Gay family to pay for this?

  2. ritepride says:

    So Boss Hawg is going to fine the residents regarding trash/storaqe yet remain doing nothing to fine the trash pickers who illegally go through the rubbish and are violating a city ordinance. Yup Boss Hawg & associates are still screwing the decent citizens. Enjoy boys …the Feds will be a comin.

  3. paul says:

    I would like to see an increase in citations to combat the rodent problem. People who don’t have tight fitting lids, who have barrels with holes in them etc. should get 1 warning and after that fines.

  4. Jeff says:

    I agree with paul and would like to see businesses really held to this as well.

  5. MarketMan says:

    ritepride and paul: I 100% agree!!! But how do you enforce that people pay fines? :-/

  6. Jay says:

    @MarketMan – They enforce the fines by putting a lien on the owner’s property for failure to pay. I know b/c I received a fine for someone else’s trash and had to go to “trash court” to contest it… a pain, although I do agree that they should go after people for leaving cans out all week, blocking the sidewalk, leaving lids off, all that other good stuff…

  7. missed it says:

    I think the question was how to enforce a fine against the trash pickers, recycle grabbers

  8. therat says:

    Problem is, covering your trash barrels will not rid the city of rats. The city needs to make developers deal with rat problems when they dig up their property. Thery are making profits while people in the neighborhood are paying for exterminators. The city needs to do more than occasionally publish a ‘rat’ map of where problems have been reported. The city needs to replace the barrels that sit in the parks and on the bike path overflowing with food and dog poop all weekend, attracting more rats than any homeowner with a hole in their barrel could hope to. They need to clean up Davis Square, which is disgusting (but hip!). There was NEVER a problem with rats like this in this city.

  9. Barry the Pig says:

    These rats will chew a hole through the lid!

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