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The right way to do garbage

Thursday, February 14, 2013   by: Staff



Winter placement of refuse and recycling materials

The Sault Ste. Marie Public Works and Transportation Department reminds residents to place refuse and recycling containers at ground level to facilitate proper collection.

Place bags/containers on the ground as close as possible to the roadway, but not on the sidewalk, travelled roadway or on top of snowbanks.

Materials placed on top of or behind snowbanks can be difficult to access, and may create a hazard.

Collection workers will not climb up or over snowbanks to retrieve refuse or recyclables, which will result in materials not being collected.

Residents are responsible for the proper disposal of materials rejected or left due to by-law infractions.

During heavy snowfalls, waste materials should be set back from the curb approximately three feet.

This requirement helps prevent waste materials from being knocked over or buried during snow clearing operations.

Refuse and recycling containers should not be placed out for pickup previous to 7 p.m. the evening before your collection day.

All materials must be curbside by 7:30 a.m. to ensure collection.

For additional information, please contact the Public Works and Transportation Department at 705-759-5201 or visit the City website - Search 'refuse collection'.


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Bob the builder 2/14/2013 11:33:08 AM Report

Sure, put your garbage at ground level and along comes the City plow and knocks it hell west and crooked.

Happy Valentine's Day to all the collectors.
wgator 2/14/2013 11:37:02 AM Report

Maybe if the city would take the snow banks away it would also help, and for that matter when they do dump the garbage it would be also nice if the empty containers were not all over the drive way and sidewalk ..... works both ways.
JustMe1234567 2/14/2013 11:56:41 AM Report

lol love the photos.

So I've called the city twice and so have my neighbours, we have snowbank mountains in front of our houses and NO front yards on our street. There is literally nowhere to put the snow anymore.

This was over two weeks ago we called, so far nothing.

I have had to resort to using the back half of my driveway and started a new mountain of snow there!

C'mon city, take the snow mountains away already!

Actually I think I'm going to call my ward rep now, it is getting ridiculous.

1/4 horse 2/14/2013 11:56:59 AM Report

Maybe they would like us to stand there and wait for the truck to come.Then we could place the refuse in the truck in a gentle orderly manner for them!
drdm 2/14/2013 12:07:38 PM Report

If i put garbage at street level it is on the sidewalk, which I have to clean, or on the street, as the street is not plowed back to the curb.
Services reduces but taxes keep increasing.
honda1984 2/14/2013 12:18:01 PM Report

well i put my garbage out properly on sunday night and low and behold the plow goes by and either burys my garbage or knocks it over
habfan 2/14/2013 12:19:52 PM Report

Normally some people complain just for something to do but in this case I agress with quit a few of these comments.The people the pick up the garbage and recycle comtainers throw them everywhere and half the time we have cans and papers on the street and in our yards. I make it a point to be orderly with the waste I put out because I know it is not the cleanest job around. I think that the workers should takes some car in handling our garbage cans and bins as me can is dented very badly quit often and must be hammered back into shap.

Just some possitive feed back.

Enjoy the long weekend.
trapperjoe 2/14/2013 12:40:31 PM Report

Wow! Here it comes our City telling us how and where to place the garbage containers.....

frizz 2/14/2013 12:43:48 PM Report

I agree with the person who posted and asked the city to place the pails instead of tossing them. I agree, works both ways. My back matters too.
funkywalker 2/14/2013 12:49:10 PM Report

Get a life people, really. I have never seen so many windbags in one spot.
jenny _51 2/14/2013 1:13:01 PM Report

You are kidding me
How to put your garbage out at curb side
I put it out the proper way and it either does not get picked up or my garbage containers either get thrown so hard that they get damaged so bad that they need to be replaced on an ongoing basis
What are we suppose to do about that ?????
I think if the snow was cleared properly this would never be an issue nor be local news.
What a waste of time and a joke
JustMe1234567 2/14/2013 1:44:00 PM Report

Agree with Jenny, if our tax dollars were spent correctly and the snow removed in a timely manner...this would not even be an issue!

@funkywalker- work for the city perhaps??

Ski-Dude 2/14/2013 2:17:35 PM Report

I get the check mark for how I place my garbage out....however I would never give the garbage dude a check mark on how they are placed after being emptied. I have made an old hockey stick into a garbage can retrieval tool as 8 out of 10 times the can ends up in the deep ditch. I've convinced myself that it's done intentionally as it ends up in there way too often than not. I'm only guessing that placing the can back properly isn't in the job description. It must be an extracurricular activity in which only those who wish to volunteer may do so.
1130 2/14/2013 2:26:13 PM Report

I have the check mark spot as indicated to help keep the cans from snow plows and the safety of the garbage man , and in return he tosses them in the ditch with lid off so I can crawl into my 5 foot deep ditch thanks, didn`t have to a few years ago, guess time change.
guestwho 2/14/2013 2:30:35 PM Report

thanks for the tips,is there a course we can take to improve our skills and get certified?
FirstChairLastCall 2/14/2013 2:59:34 PM Report

Yes but, the course will cost you $24.95, is only available at the most inconvenient time possible and must be renewed yearly. :)
skipper dave 2/14/2013 3:05:09 PM Report

Good photos, now can you teach your drivers to put them back where they found then as opposed to tossing them in the middle of the drive blocking access. Happens more time then not!
onof 2/14/2013 3:07:27 PM Report

I respect the men and women, who pick up our garbage on a weekly basis. I understand their safety. However my garbage can on fourth line is in the ditch 3/4 weeks a month and i called the city and nothing is done. Im sure my department wouldnt be happy if i threw around someone elses belongings into a ditch... Garbage cans plastic or steel are not cheap, and unless the city want us to start throwing trash in the middle of the street, then they should respect the home owners property. Let me say this most of the men and women are fantastic and this is for the select few who are ignorant aka. The person who has fourth line on thursday... Guess today ill be getting my rubbers on to go get the garbage can again....

For those of you who respect others thank you..

Ski-Dude 2/14/2013 3:51:01 PM Report

@onof: I'm a fourth liner also. Same issue (my above comment).
funkywalker 2/14/2013 3:51:38 PM Report

@justme1234567, No, infact I don't work for the city. I am simply commenting on the level of excitment (or lack thereof)in this city after seeing all of the comments on garbage pickup. Stand back and have a look at the reactions this article is getting, I hear crickets.
p.s. my garbage guy is always courteous.
chunky777 2/14/2013 3:55:16 PM Report

perhaps Funkywalker lives in an apt. and not a house?
funkywalker 2/14/2013 5:51:48 PM Report

@chunky, I own a single family house. I realize that people living on busy streets may have a problem with where they put their garbage, but I just don't care. It's garbage folks.
rebel_dean 2/14/2013 6:28:31 PM Report

I have put my garbage and recycling bins where they are suppose to go and twice I have had my recycling bins wrecked by the sidewalk cleaners...and was never cleaned up.I had to call and complain and go and get my own new ones.They just leave the mess and keep going, when I confronted the city worker one time he said he would call it in and never did I had to.So how is it fair that He can destroy things and I have to get the issue resolved myself, only to have it happen again.
kamen 2/14/2013 8:20:33 PM Report

The city needs to take down all the snow banks, not just the ones at bus stops. I have almost been hit by vehicles, the sidewalk and road plows make it impossible for us to have a clear space for our garbage cans, it doesn't matter if you shovel 3 times a day, as soon as the road plows and sidewalk plows go by the sidewalks and ends of driveways are filled again with large boulders, frozen slush that is a foot high at the end of the driveways. My father plows a 3x3 square for our neighbor and the next door neighbor for our garbage and it is still full of frozen slush. So unless the city takes care of its responsibilities to make it safe for the community why should we have to sacrifice our time, our money and our health just to place our garbage out. Like everyone has said, between the city destroying our property, and the garbage pickup people throwing our property around like a bunch of jerks, there is no way our garbage will ever be placed neatly at the roadside. I walk down Pine Street at 8:30-10am some Thursdays after garbage pickup and there are recyling bins in the right hand lane of traffic, Garbage cans thrown carelessly in the driveways, it isn't fair to anyone.
kamen 2/14/2013 8:23:47 PM Report

Also note the picture on the left with the x, the end of the driveway is filled with snow, boulders, etc. Meanwhile the picture on the right with the check mark, the end of the driveway is all neat and clean, no boulders, free of all debris. If the city did it's job properly, then we could assist te garbage removal people in their job. Plowing the sidewalk first and the road second makes no sense. Which is what happens. If you did the roads first and the sidewalk second there would be less debris filling the sidewalks and the areas in our driveways where we should be putting our garbage. Maybe the city should give everyone a snow blower so we can clear our driveways for the garbage?
grammi 2/14/2013 8:24:30 PM Report

Whomever took this picture should perhaps drive around the city after garbage/recycle day pick up and see just where their workers leave our cans, bins, and anything that they happen to drop out of the bins on the way to the truck.
C'mon Sault Ste.'s time to have your city workers practice what you preach.

By reading the previous posts it is clear that it would be appreciated by many!!!

Wicket 2/14/2013 8:41:59 PM Report

Come this spring, this will be a moot point. Is that not when the city is providing us with the new super-giant recycling bins that in most households will take a month to fill. So where are they going to set them back down when emptied, in the exact same spot they were picked up.....
Tom_Bom 2/14/2013 9:12:23 PM Report

Hey maybe we'd place the containers how you want them if you didn't throw them back onto our lawns like some disgruntled social servant as i've seen many times.
Sam C 2/14/2013 9:14:47 PM Report

That "wrong" picture is nothing. I saw one yesterday on Wellington East -- the trash can must have been 5 feet up in the snowbank. There's no way the trash collector was going to grab that.
W. Yote 2/14/2013 11:12:53 PM Report

They are just asking for some common sense, which clearly a lot of ppl do not possess.

If you don't want your containers to be hit, place them back from the road as the release states. I have had a few hit and I have since learned my lesson.

Personally I'd be willing to take a reduction in snow removal for a reduction in taxes. Cutting the banks down? Come on, we live in the North, deal with it people.

I like the Calgary model, they don't even plow the back streets. Recycling is with the large bins that are picked up mechanically.
thesharr 2/15/2013 7:07:06 AM Report

Our snow removal is becoming a joke.The streets are so narrow two cars have a hard time passing each other.Can't the plows push the snow back or is it inexperience and since when do they not clean the sidewalks in Bayview this is a safety issue we should all raise in Bayview.The last I checked my taxes haven't gone down because they don't clean my sidewalks
Ricatoni 2/15/2013 10:58:41 AM Report

WOW a lot of complainers on here, as for the people complaining about their cans being in the ditch on forth line these are contractors areas.....the city does not pick up them not the city this is what you get when you contract out LOL....also the person who says they put their garbage out on sunday night guess what your not suppose to put it out before 7am on the day of collection DA.......people are basically ignorant and lazy and dont think about those that have to pick up there trash...if you want your garbage picked up properly and your can placed properly then wrap up your trash properly and put it were it wont be plowed over or were it can be reached...people in this city will complain about anything mean while it is their own doing that they have problems.......makes me laugh how quick people are to complain but how stupid they are when it comes to common sense.....I would certainly have to agree about the snow removal on the roads though.....This decision is made at city hall not with the people doing the work....those who run your city aka (Councillors)are the ones who should be blamed for this.They are the ones who are allowing this snow to build up and not be removed and nobody else.....This is were your complaints should go.... but hey we all no how well politicians listen right??? just keep callin and complaining thats all we can do .......even though it is falling on deaf ears.....we have money for special interest groups but not for snow removal.???? makes you wonder how they think at city hall ehhhh?????
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