Cleveland changes trash collection rules

FYI

Cudell Improvement Inc., distributed the following guidelines from the City of Cleveland as to how to set out trash and bulk items for municipal collection (and here is a video explaining it all):

REFUSE SET OUT REGULATIONS ENFORCED AS OF 2-1-16
The Cleveland Division of Waste Collection SET OUT Guidelines

Effective May 2015, the City of Cleveland Division of Waste Collection implemented new SET OUT Guidelines, regarding trash and bulk trash items. Here are some things you need to know about the automated waste and recycle pick-up.
There are two types of automated carts for the weekly recycling and waste pick-ups: Blue Carts are for your recyclables and the Gray or Black Carts are for trash.
For ALL recycled items:
• Use your blue cart for recyclables including glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard. And, please be sure they are NOT bagged.
• Absolutely NO recyclables should be placed outside of the blue cart.
For regular waste items:
• Put all trash waste in the city-provided gray or black carts.
• Use the black or gray cart for household trash and yard waste.
• Absolutely NO trash should be placed outside of the black or gray cart either.
Place your waste and recycle carts out on the curb no earlier than noon the day before your regularly scheduled pick-up day. Remove carts by noon the following day. If possible, use off street parking on your collection day.
The changes for pick-up of bulk items and tire disposal occurred in June 2015. The regularly scheduled bulk pick-up is scheduled for the second week of each month.
You may set out a total of three bulk items for the designated week each month only.
• Bulk* items include: appliances, tables, chairs, mattresses** and box springs, couches, and furniture.
• If you have bulk items to set out other than the second week of the month, you may schedule an appointment at no additional charge by calling (216) 664-3711.
• You may set out up to four tires each week.
* Note: Bulk items used to be picked up every week but this has changed to the second week each month only. And, if you need an additional pick up you may call for an appointment at (216) 664-3711.
** You do not need to cover mattresses or box springs with plastic. However, if you suspect there is a bug infestation in these items please give the waste collectors the courtesy of calling to let them know a couple days before you set them out so they are properly equipped to dispose of these items.
Weekly yard waste disposal guidelines are:
• Branches and wood must be cut and bundled. Each bundle may not exceed three-feet (3ft.) in length and two-feet (2ft.) in diameter.
• All leaves and grass clippings must be bagged and you may have up to 20 bags per week.
In addition, we encourage everyone to compost at home! To receive training on composting you can go online to schedule an appointment to attend a compost clinic.
A word to the wise:
Over the past six months since these new rules came into effect, over 2,400 warning citations have been issued. The initial warnings do not incur any financial penalty. However, after one warning citation has been issued the subsequent citation will have a financial penalty associated with it. The initial grace period from June 1 to January 1, 2016, has been extended for an additional month which means on February 1, 2016, there are no more warnings and the first offense will mean the violators will be fined.
For more information about additional pick-up service, or to lease additional carts you can call Cleveland Waste at (216) 664-3711. This service is not accessible online.
The Bottom Line:
1. New set out guidelines were passed by City Council in May 2015.
2. The Blue Carts are for your recyclables and the Gray or Black Carts are for trash.
3. The regularly scheduled bulk picked-up is scheduled for the second week of each month.
4. Bulk items include appliances, tables, chairs, mattresses and box springs, couches, and furniture.
5. If you need additional unscheduled bulk pick-ups you may do so by calling (216) 664-3711.
6. The City has extended a grace period for the past several months. However, on February 1, 2016, the grace period ends and the first offense will mean that violators will be fined.
7. We encourage everyone to compost at home!

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