FACT SHEET ON NEW TRASH AND RECYCLING CONTAINERS

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FACT SHEET

CITY OF HARRISBURG’S NEW TRASH AND RECYCLING CONTAINERS

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE CITY’S DELIVERY OF NEW TRASH AND RECYCLING CONTAINERS?

The City has now completed delivery of more than 14,000 new 95-gallon trash and recycling containers to residences in Harrisburg.  Residences of less than 4 units should have received the new containers.  Commercial distribution will be continuing throughout the end of the year.

DO I HAVE TO USE THE NEW TRASH CONTAINER?

Yes.  All residents are required to use the trash containers the city delivered to your home. Residents who are found to be out of compliance are subject to citation.

WHAT IF I DIDN’T RECEIVE THE NEW CONTAINERS?

You should call 311 to report that you did not receive new trash or recycling container.  Public Works officials will deliver them to your home.

AM I BEING CHARGED FOR THE NEW CONTAINERS?

No, residents are not being charged for the new containers.  Each residence is assessed a monthly sanitation fee of $32.34.  This fee is to accommodate trash disposal equal to one 95-gallon container, or the amount held by 6 trash bags.

WHAT IF I NEED A SECOND CONTAINER?

If you need a second container in addition to the 95-gallon container, the City will accommodate such requests. In such cases, residents will be charged a second monthly sanitation fee of $32.34.

WHAT IF THE 95-GALLON CONTAINER IS TOO BIG?

The Public Works Department will consider requests for smaller containers on a case-by-case basis, and only to accommodate the elderly, disabled, and residents whose property is too small to store or transport the 95-gallon trash container.  A site visit will be conducted to verify the size of the property.

WHAT OTHER SIZES ARE AVAILABLE IN TRASH CONTAINERS?

There are two additional sizes – 35-gallon and 65-gallon trash containers.

WHEN WILL THE NEW, SMALLER CANS BE DELIVERED?

The new 35-gallon and 65-gallon trash containers will be delivered in the fall of 2015 once all requests have been evaluated and an order placed with the distributor.

WILL I BE CHARGED MORE FOR TWO 35-GALLON CONTAINERS?

Smaller containers are only being provided on a case-by-case basis, and only to people who are elderly or disabled, or to those who property is too small to store/transport the 95-gallon trash container.  Those residences that can’t accommodate the 95-gallon trash containers can get two 35-gallon containers without extra charge.

WHAT IF I WANT TWO 65-GALLON CONTAINERS?

Two 65-gallon containers (or one 65-gallon container and one 35-gallon container) exceed the trash limit of one 95-gallon container.  Residences that are permitted two such containers will have to pay an additional monthly sanitation fee of $32.34.  Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis after a site visit to determine if the property is too small for the 95-gallon container, or to assist elderly and disabled residents.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY OLD TRASH CONTAINER?

The City will collect old trash containers.  Just put a sign on the container saying: RECYCLE ME! Or drop them off at the City’s Public Works facility on 1820 Paxton St.

WHAT IF I WANT MORE RECYCLING CONTAINERS?

The City will provide additional recycling containers, if requested.

WHAT IF I WANT TO USE MY OLD, SMALLER RECYCLING CONTAINER?

That is fine, but we encourage residents to recycle as much as possible.

 

IF MY TRASH CAN IS STOLEN, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You should call 311 to report the theft and to notify the Public Works Department.  The City will replace the trash container.

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CHANGES TO THE CITY’S YARD WASTE POLICY?

No.  The City is looking into future composting cites and may look to change these requirements in the future. For now, please tie branches no more than 4 feet long in a bundle and place next to the trash container.

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CHANGES TO THE CITY’S COLLECTION ROUTES OR WHERE I SHOULD PUT OUT MY TRASH AND RECYCLING?

No.  The City continues to evaluate trash/recycling routes and collection locations.

 

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